On January 29, 2019, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, will welcome the leaders of the Southern EU countries in Nicosia for the 5th Summit of Southern European countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron, Greek Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras, Spain’s Pedro Sánchez, Italy’s Giuseppe Conte, Portugal’s Antonio Costa and Malta’s Joseph Muscat will attend the summit in Cyprus.
The wish of the Republic of Cyprus is the successful outcome of the 5th Summit, as Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides and Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou pointed out at a press conference today.
At the press conference, the Foreign Minister said, among other things, that the Summit is of particular importance at a time when the discussion on Britain’s exit from the EU, as well as other issues, shape the agenda of talks in the Union, culminating on 9 May with the Romania Summit on the Future of Europe.
In the discussions that will be held, priority will be given to the agenda of the EU Council, according to Nicos Christodoulides.
Migration issues will also be discussed, focusing on the external policy on migration, for the Mediterranean countries in particular, Euro-zone reform, Europe’s energy security and how the EU can enhance its autonomy on energy issues and climate change.
The Multi-Annual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, the Brexit, and the forthcoming Arab League Summit with the EU will also be discussed at the Summit of the seven southern countries, as well as regional developments. Within this framework the President of the Republic of Cyprus will have the opportunity to inform his guests about the Cyprus issue.
At the end of the Summit it is expected that a Joint Declaration will be adopted, in which the positions of the seven countries will be reflected, with relation to the issues that will be discussed at the Summit./IBNA