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Spanish Prime Minister Takes Part In Southern EU Countries (MED7) Summit

Spanish prime minister takes part in Southern EU Countries (MED7) summit

Pedro Sánchez stresses the importance of coordination by Mediterranean countries to push through policies of mutual interest in EU – September 10, 2020 The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, took part in the Summit of Southern European Countries (MED7), called by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, in the French town of Ajaccio. The Prime Minister stated that the seven countries “share challenges, analyses and proposals” and
seek to pass on “this Mediterranean vision” to the European Union. It is now 25 years since the Barcelona Process, and hence “a fresh boost is needed”, based on dialogue, cooperation and a constructive viewpoint. MED7 gathers together seven European Union countries whose geographic specificity allows them to contribute added value to the European process: Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta and Greece. It was set up in 2014 as an informal forum to forge closer positions by Mediterranean countries in negotiations with the EU. This is the seventh meeting of the group. Pedro Sánchez highlighted, “the importance of the geographic neighbourhood” in addressing the “conflicts and tensions in the region, and the systematic and governance crisis that endangers the security and stability of Europe”. He also spoke about the new Migration and Asylum Pact that the European Commission will present shortly. “We hope that this is a balanced and effective reform based on the principles of solidarity and humanity, as well as on a fair distribution of responsibility”, declared Pedro Sánchez. In this regard, the Prime Minister sought to pass on his “solidarity with Greece”, following the fire at Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. The European leaders addressed the recent events in the Eastern Mediterranean. Pedro Sánchez conveyed the support and solidarity of the Government of Spain to his Greek and Cypriot counterparts “following the violations of their maritime waters and sovereign rights”. The Prime Minister called for “moderation” in ensuring its “de-escalation” and urged respect for international law, particularly the international law of the sea, and encouraged all parties to resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiation. Pedro Sánchez stressed “the commitment to true dialogue and support for mediation by the High Representative of the EU, the President of the European Council and Germany “to ensure the resumption of dialogue between Greece and Turkey on the question of the maritime zone”. Another of the issues addressed at the meeting was the situation in Libya and support for the ceasefire declared on 21 August. In this regard, Pedro Sánchez remarked on its “special importance” because this is an agreement between parties in Libya and offers the best chance of making progress on the political negotiations pushed through by the United Nations. Pedro Sánchez stressed the need to quickly ratify the necessary instruments to allow the Multiannual Financial Framework to be implemented by 1 January 2021 in order to tackle the consequences of the pandemic. “After a difficult yet historic agreement in July, the gravity of the situation means that time is a luxury that we can no longer afford”, he underlined. Source: Government of Spain

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