x

Society

Greek PM Mitsotakis on Inconclusive EU Budget Summit: “Some Insisted We Should Do More with Fewer Resources”

February 22, 2020
ANA

BRUSSELS – Commenting in Brussels on the failure of a two-day special European Council meeting to reach an agreement on the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027 on Friday night, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that “expectations of reaching an agreement in the first attempt were extremely low.”

At the heart of the disagreement between the member states was how to fill the gap left in revenues by the UK’s exit from the bloc.

In a press conference shortly after the conclusion of the meeting, Mitsotakis called for “avoiding histrionics” about the failure and expressed his optimism that “time will allow us to be better prepared to reach an agreement” in a future effort. Calling the negotiations “a difficult crossword puzzle,” he nevertheless expressed optimism that a solution would be found “for a Europe we deserve.”

“History teaches us that such complex agreements are not, as a rule, achieved in the first attempt – such is Europe’s history,” he noted, adding that goals have been clearly set but circumstances were more difficult because of Brexit. National priorities, however, still stand, he asserted, explaining that “some (members) insisted we should do more with fewer resources, so no agreement was reached.”

He then underlined that Greece’s four main priorities in terms of European funding were: the need to protect farmers’ income; to transition into a new era of environmentally friendly methods; have a forward-looking National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF); and provide resources to enable a Fair Transition to a non-lignite dependent model of energy production. He also said policies related to migration, border control and the operation of Frontex should be supported.

Mitsotakis placed particular stress on “support of the two traditional EU pillars, the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy, which should be non-negotiable.” He further emphasized that these are policies which concern all EU citizens and should continue to be supported by a reinforced European budget.

RELATED

ATHENS - A total of 64 fires broke out in mixed farm and forest land in the last 24 hours, with 46 of them controlled from the very start, the Fire Brigade said in a briefing earlier on Friday.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Alberto, Season’s First Named Tropical Storm, Dumps Rain on Texas and Mexico, Which Reports 3 Deaths

TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Alberto rumbled toward northeast Mexico early Thursday as the first named storm of the season, carrying heavy rains that left three people dead but also brought hope to a region suffering under a prolonged, severe drought.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A serial killer who admitted he was responsible for the deaths of five Alaskans, including committing the first when he was only 14, has died in an Indiana prison, officials said.

BERLIN  — Austria picked up a crucial win at the European Championship by defeating Poland 3-1 in its second group match and leaving the Poles on the brink of elimination on Friday.

DUESSELDORF, Germany  — It's all about resilience for Ukraine at the European Championship, whether on the field or trying to inspire those at home in wartime.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a federal gun control law that is intended to protect victims of domestic violence.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.