PM Alexis Tsipras introduces initiative on social rights in Europe

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, during the last European Council (EC) Summit, proposed the implementation and further protection of the social rights pillar in the European Union (EU), with France, Italy, Portugal, Sweden and the European Commission supporting it, while Germany hasn’t taken a firm stance yet.

Tsipras noted that Greece respects solidarity and mutuality and as such, it has taken some measures that the government does not agree, but this is the meaning of unity. Also, he mentioned that Tusk’s statements are not assisting the resolution of the migration flows and refugee crisis, but rather make it more difficult.

Furthermore, he underlined the need for more flexibility of fiscal mechanisms and policies, as a means of absorbing the reality and responding to it, while he highlighted that the visit of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s visit was mainly because of the need to find a resolution on the refugee issue. In addition, he stressed the importance of security in the Aegean Sea and the solution on the issue of Cyprus.

To conclude, he raised the three main conclusions of the Erdogan’s visit: the reestablishment of discussions on the continental shelf; measures for the EU-Turkey Agreement and Readmission Programme; Erdogan’s public announcement that Turkey wants to find a just and viable solution on Cyprus.

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