The President of the House of Representatives, Mr Demetris Syllouris, participated today, in Bratislava, in the deliberations of the Conference of the Speakers of the EU Parliaments, hosted by the National Council (Parliament) of Slovakia.
During the morning session, the outcomes of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the Union, which was concluded in December 2016, as well as its parliamentary dimension and the priorities of the ongoing Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, were presented.
Also, the issues of the future of the EU as a global factor in the framework of today’s challenges and the relevant role of the national parliaments were discussed. In his intervention, the President of the House of Representatives referred to the comprehensive acknowledgement of the multiple challenges of the EU and the determination to find solutions, aiming at the creation of a secure, prosperous, social and empowering Europe, through the Union’s policies.
As regard the necessity for good management of both the negotiations for the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU and the migration and refugee crises, Mr Syllouris, focusing on the second, underlined the importance of eliminating the deeper causes that lead the migrants to the route of the Central Mediterranean and the coordinating operational actions, which are supportive to the member states that undertake the bigger burden of the flow. He also noted the need to bring peace in Syria and other countries in the neighboring region, as well as to address the economic problems of the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, as a key for more effective and long-term address of the migration challenge.
Mr Syllouris also referred to the cooperation of the EU with Turkey, which aims at handling of the refugee flows from the Eastern Mediterranean, stressing the importance of a comprehensive and unvarying implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement, in relation with all the EU member states, including the Republic of Cyprus.
Highlighting the importance of the energy security for a strong Europe in the world scene, the President of the Parliament briefed the participants on the recent signing of the Joint Declaration of the Ministers of Energy of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy, in Tel Aviv, in the presence of the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Mr Miguel Arias Canete, for the East Med pipeline.
Source: Press and Information Office