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16. 6. 2017 23:01

The Prime Minister and the Vice-President of the European Commission Timmermans discuss the future of the EU and the developments in migration

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka met with the Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, 16 June 2017.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka met with the Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, 16 June 2017.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka met the Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans today at the Straka Academy. Their discussions focused on the current European issues, including the preparations for the European Council, the future of the EU and migration.

Prime Minister Sobotka and the Vice-President of the European Commission talked about the future of the EU and about the priorities agreed by the EU leaders in Bratislava and Rome. The Prime Minister noted that strengthening the citizens’ confidence is a crucial pre-requisite for the future of the European integration. In the future, the European Union should therefore focus on the areas in which it provides a genuine added value.

Migration was another topic of today’s discussion, which will also be addressed by the EU leaders at the European Council next week. The Czech Prime Minister pointed out that, in migration issues, the EU must build on common solutions backed by the support of all the member states. The Czech Republic is ready to continue helping both third countries and the member states suffering from the migration crisis. According to the Czech Prime Minister, it is essential that further intensive efforts are made as regards protection of external borders, cooperation with third countries and increased efficiency of return policies.

Regular consultations with members of the European Commission are a part of the active European policy pursued by the current government. Traditionally, Prime Minister Sobotka meets with representatives of the Union institutions during their visits to Prague as well as during his negotiations in Brussels.  

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