EP and CoR Presidents ask to redouble efforts to address new migration crisis, fight Coronavirus, adopt an ambitious EU budget and strengthen European democracy
Statement of Apostolos Tzitzikostas, President of the Committee of the regions, following the meeting with David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament:
''I discussed with President Sassoli the current migration and refugee crisis affecting Greece and Bulgaria. We agreed that the EU Member States must show solidarity and swiftly adopt the European Parliament's proposal to reform the Dublin Regulation, in order to evenly share across all Member States, regions and cities the burden of responsibility. This new crisis cannot be seen as a national issue: it is a European issue. I informed President Sassoli that I am putting the migration crisis at the top of our Committee's next Plenary session, and I asked him to also put it in the agenda of the next European Parliament Plenary.
“We agreed that citizens' health comes first, and therefore the EU must show concrete support and solidarity with countries, regions and cities most severely hit by the Coronavirus outbreak. We need to urgently define a joint European plan to coordinate across all levels of governments to inform citizens, act proportionally and ensure the right services are made available.
“I told President Sassoli that our citizens, our local and regional communities, want to see a stronger Europe in action that delivers results. We agreed that to match our citizens' expectations, the European Union needs an ambitious and cohesive budget equivalent to 1.3% of EU GNI, as proposed by the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions.
“We also agreed to strengthen the cooperation between the European Parliament and the European Committee of the Regions, in view of the upcoming Conference on the future of Europe. Democracy in Europe is facing serious challenges. Being the two institutions with a political mandate directly given by people, we must join forces if we want the Conference to be a success''.
Tel. +32 (0)498 98 23 49
Latest News from
"Climate transition, transformation and convergence: Europe’s path towards robust resilience" - Speech of President Charles Michel06/07/2020 16:43:00
First of all, I would like to thank you for inviting me to speak at this 20th edition of your economic forum.
Coming up: German Council presidency, health strategy, road transport06/07/2020 15:25:00
Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss German presidency priorities with MEPs during the July plenary. Other items on the agenda include the EU budget, health and road transport.
Migration situation at the Greek-Turkish border: ensuring the right to asylum06/07/2020 14:53:00
MEPs will quiz Commissioner Johansson and the Greek Government on Monday about the situation of asylum-seekers at the border with Turkey, focusing on fundamental rights.
Exploring migration causes – why people migrate06/07/2020 14:43:00
People migrate for many reasons, ranging from security, demography and human rights to poverty and climate change.
European Commission revamps its ‘Have Your Say' portal*06/07/2020 13:25:00
The European Commission recently (03 July 2020) launched a revamped version of the ‘Have Your Say' portal.
Boosting the EU's green recovery: Commission invests €1 billion in innovative clean technology projects06/07/2020 12:38:00
The Commission recently (03 July 2020) launched the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund, one of the world's largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU's Emissions Trading System.
Single Market Scoreboard 2020: Member States need to do more to ensure the good functioning of the EU Single Market*06/07/2020 11:33:00
The Commission recently (03 July 2020) published the Single Market Scoreboard 2020, which shows that despite improvements in certain areas, Member States need to do more to ensure the proper functioning of the Single Market.
Free movement of services: Commission takes further action to ensure a well-functioning Single Market for professionals03/07/2020 10:38:00
The Commission is referring the Czech Republic and Poland to the Court for not remedying breaches of EU law on professional qualifications following reasoned opinions sent by the Commission in November 2019.
Statement by President von der Leyen on reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package03/07/2020 09:25:00
Reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package is the EU's highest priority for the coming weeks.
Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the adoption by China’s National People’s Congress of a National Security Legislation on Hong Kong.02/07/2020 16:43:00
The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress adopted the National Security Law in Hong Kong on 30 June and subsequently promulgated it in Hong Kong the same day.