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16. 11. 2018 15:40

The Prime Minister held talks in Brussels with the representatives of the European Council and the European Commission on Brexit, migration and other

Premiér Andrej Babiš jednal v Bruselu s předsedou Evropské rady Donaldem Tuskem, 16. listopadu 2018.
Premiér Andrej Babiš jednal v Bruselu s předsedou Evropské rady Donaldem Tuskem, 16. listopadu 2018.
On Friday, 16 November 2018, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš held talks in Brussels with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission on Brexit, migration and the preparation of the December European Council. The Czech Prime Minister also met with Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, and with Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

With the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the Czech Prime Minister discussed the current Brexit developments. In connection with the breakthrough in the negotiation of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Donald Tusk convened an extraordinary European Council on Sunday, 25 November. “The internal situation in the UK is tense, but I believe that the prime minister will cope with the situation and there will not be hard Brexit”, said Andrej Babiš.

Negotiations with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker focused on further steps in dealing with migration. The President of the European Commission informed the Czech Prime Minister about the preparation of the EU-Africa summit, to be held in Vienna in December and on which the European Commission wants to present concrete plans and investments in European migration policy. “I also informed the EC President of my forthcoming trip to Morocco and of the plans of the Czech Government to help Syria. We are exploring ways to create facilities for orphans in Syria. We would like to build a village for children who have lost one of their parents”, the Prime Minister said after the meeting. The Czech Prime Minister and Jean-Claude Juncker also talked about cyber security and artificial intelligence. 

The Prime Minister also met today with Czech Commissioner Věra Jourová and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, and talked about the forthcoming sale of ArcellorMittal in Ostrava and ensuring its further development under the new owner.

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