Luxembourg’s Prime Minister in favour of European solutions to meet challenges

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has conveyed his view that the best way to deal with the great challenges all European nations are faced with today is to find European solutions.

Bettel was addressing the European Parliament’s plenary, in Strasbourg, today, during a debate for the future of Europe. He is the sixth head of state having appeared before MEPs to state his view on the next steps forward. The leaders of Ireland, Croatia, Portugal, France and Belgium have already appeared before the plenary while in the next two months Holland and Poland will follow.

In his address he spoke of the need to deepen economic and monetary union, to enhance EUs competitiveness, to have structured cooperation at EU level on external affairs also stressing the need to protect freedom of Press.

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg referred to the European Council which took place in Strasbourg in 1989 a little after the fall of the Berlin Wall in which the foundations were laid for European integration.

He likened that time of great changes to today when Europe is once again faced with great changes and called on everyone to find the same courage as the leaders of that time in order for Europe to move forward.

According to Bettel only a strong economy and a strong monetary union will be in a position to create jobs. He spoke of the need to establish a true European area of innovation.

A competitive Europe, which prospers and is open to the world is the best guarantee to protect the European social model, he stressed.

He also spoke in favour of supporting the educational exchange programme Erasmus, expressing the wish that all young Europeans have the opportunity to live this unique experience.

Bettel conveyed a message of European solidarity, noting that today it is even more important than it was in the past. He spoke against the introduction of such terms as flexible solidarity.

Source: Cyprus News Agency