We want to improve the system of protection of the external borders of the European Union. We need investment, solidarity, said Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday during a videoconference with members of the European Committee of the Regions. Earlier, the French president met with Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins.
French President Emmanuel Macron received Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday. The answer to the current security challenges in Europe must be united and strong cooperation between the European Union and NATO – argued Karins.
Macron: we want to improve the external border protection system
Then the French politician took part in a debate with local government officials in connection with the upcoming takeover of the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union at the beginning of next year.
– We want to improve the external border protection system. I know that this is the only way to overcome the ideological differences between political groups. We must have a complete approach to the phenomenon of migration, emphasized Macron.
He explained that such an approach relies on development aid to the countries of origin of migrants – which will be discussed at the summit with African countries at the end of February 2022 – and the protection of external borders. – You need investment and solidarity. Community action must support the regions, because we have hybrid threats, and migration phenomena are used by hostile regimes, he emphasized.
At the same time, he expressed the hope that the responsibility and solidarity in border protection would be the same for the management of asylum within the Union, because “Member States have different situations, be they the countries where migrants come or are later moved to”.
– Responsibility and solidarity are needed in managing those who find themselves on European soil. Actions contrary to the principle of cooperation between member states should be avoided, stressed the French president.
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