It is necessary to talk about the direction in which the European Union wants to go. In an interview with TASR at the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) in Brussels, Foreign Minister Ivan Korok said that European citizens have been waiting for this dialogue since 2016.
The head of the Foreign Office noted that in 2016, when the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union, Europeans, including Slovak citizens, were promised a conference on where to go to Europe.
Then we told the audience that we understood what it would mean for a member country to leave the union. Then there were things that only shed more light on the need to talk about the future of Europe.
“We focus on negotiating with residents, youth, people from different walks of life and the business community. With all those who have a tangible impact on the European Union”
– said Korok, adding that Foreign Minister Martin Klos, representing the State Department, will organize events around the conference.
Korchok also reported that government representatives toured Slovakia at the end of August, visiting many cities and regions to have a direct dialogue with citizens. But I would also like to say that the COVID-19 pandemic is preoccupying people today. It’s all about this, which is understandable, because it’s about health, the economy, and jobs. That is why this dialogue is not easy,” he said of CoFoE in Slovakia.
The initiatives taken so far by citizens directly participating in the Conference for the Future of Europe (CoFoE) have been very useful.
This was stated by Maroš efčovi, Vice-President of the European Commission (EC) for inter-institutional relations and strategic perspective, in an interview with TASR. The EU Commissioner indicated that she worked with the other two Vice-Presidents of the European Court of Justice, Věra Jourova and Dubravka Šuicova, on the Executive Committee of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
They also chair a working group composed of randomly selected citizens from different Member States, members of the European Parliament and representatives of national parliaments. Zivovic, who chaired the health working group, said that the first meeting of the group in Strasbourg was very useful and encouraging.
He praised citizens’ initiatives, such as cross-border health insurance, a comprehensive European approach to dental care or improving access to medicines. He added that he would not forget the statement of a citizen of a Central European country that children born today may be able to live longer in Western Europe than in Central Europe as a result of better health care.
The European Parliament failed to implement the proposal for the direct participation of Western Balkan countries in the conference. This was stated by Vladimir Belsik in an interview with TASR. At the same time, MEPs invited representatives of the countries of the region to join the conference, which was held in Strasbourg at the end of October, albeit on the way. As he said, politicians in many Western Balkan countries have seized the opportunity of the Internet – perhaps most notably, Montenegrin Foreign Minister Djorje Radulovic. According to the representative, this also proves that Montenegro is a leading advocate of EU accession in the region.
(TASR / Felvidék.ma)
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