House President raises European problems at Bratislava Conference

President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris referred to the necessity for the proper management of Brexit talks and the immigration and refugee crisis, as well as the importance of the full implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement, among other issues, in an intervention at the Conference of Speakers of EU Parliaments, in Bratislava.

According to a press release, the Conference discussed inter alia the future of the EU as a global player and the role of national parliaments.

In an intervention, Syllouris referred to the necessity for the proper management Brexit talks and the immigration and refugee crisis and, focusing on the latter, pointed out the importance of addressing the reasons for which immigrants choose the Central Mediterraneal route.

He also noted the need for peace in Syria and other countries in the neighbouring region, as well as the necessity to address the financial problems faced by sub-Sahara African countries, as a key to the effective and long-lasting handling of migration.

Syllouris said the EU is undertaking a role of bridge-maker and/or peacemaker in various conflict areas, along with agreements on a regional and international level, would assist the collective effort to address the deeper reasons for migration.

He also referred to cooperation between the EU and Turkey, with an aim to manage the refugee flow from the Eastern Mediterranean, noting the importance of the full implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement with regard to all EU member states, including the Republic of Cyprus.

The House President pointed out the importance of energy safety for a strong Europe in the world scene, and informed the delegates on the recent signing of the Joint Declaration by the Energy Ministers of Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and Italy, in Tel Aviv, in the presence of EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete, for the East Med natural gas pipeline.

Concluding his intervention, Syllouris referred to the necessity to utilise all tools available to the national parliaments through their democratic systems, with an aim to draw the EU out of the crisis and meet the goals that have been set.

Source: Cyprus News Agency