Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Leader of the main opposition party of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, participated in the Preparatory Sessions of the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Party of European Socialists (PES) respectively, in view of the EU Summit.
In his address to the EPP, the Prime Minister stressed the need for new financial instruments and joint interventions, which will ensure cohesion and solidarity between Member States, in order to address the economic consequences of the crisis.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis criticized the decisions of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, stressing that “the ideas of democracy and the rule of law are fundamental to Europe”, recalling a letter he recently signed alongside other leaders to expel Orban’s party from EPP.
The Prime Minister also called on the citizens of the North to encourage tourism in the South in areas where public health is ensured, and in this context he proposed that the next EPP Summit be held in Greece over the summer. Everyone accepted the proposal, underlining that our country is a safe destination.
Alexis Tsipras, during his speech at the Preparatory Summit of the Party of the European Socialists (PES), stressed that “there is no time to waste. Immediate measures such as the issuance of Eurobonds must be adopted and an agreement must be reached on the extension of the European budget, because the serious economic consequences of the pandemic are immediately being felt in many countries, including Greece. And the risk of possible inaction will be twofold; on the one hand, a new debt crisis with unfathomable consequences and on the other, a possible political crisis due to the rise of the national populist anti-European forces, even in critical countries such as Italy and France”.
That is why he stressed that “the EU will either accept debt sharing and take bold steps for a new economic architecture, or will continue with small steps in the same direction as in the past and sink deeper into a new crisis of debt and cohesion”.
In this context, the President of SYRIZA underlined his support for the Spanish proposal for bonds to be issued in the near future. He also backed the French positions for the suspension of the Stability Pact for 2021, but also the need for its revision. He agreed on the importance of protecting the green and digital agenda and securing a European minimum guaranteed income and a European unemployment fund. Finally, he expressed his support towards initiatives so that a security and refugee crisis does not resurface through initiatives for Libya, sending at the same time a clear message to Turkey that it must respect international law and the Joint Agreement with the EU, by strengthening dialogue but also including sanctions in the discussion. /ibna