Tsipras to refer to Turkey’s provocative actions in Cyprus EEZ

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in coordination with Cyprus Republic President Nicos Anastasiades, is expected to refer to Turkey’s provocative actions within the Cypriot EEZ at the informal EU Summit held in Sibiu, Romania.

According to sources, Tsipras will stress the need to demonstrate European solidarity against this violation of international law and will cite EU conclusions and relevant statements of Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini, stressing that the EU will be able to upgrade its role in international and regional developments only if it can support effectively the sovereign rights of its member states.

The summit – which is held on May 9, Europe Day – will focus on the strategic agenda of the EU for the next five years. Heads of states and governments will refer to Europe’s priorities on a number of issues such as the EU’s global role and the consolidation of a multilateral global system, the tackling of climate change, migration issues and the development of the economic base and convergence in the Union.

The same sources said that the Greek prime minister will point out Greece’s key priorities for the next five years, and will focus on the need to build a social Europe, to promote economic and social convergence and to also maintain a strong cohesion policy.

Tsipras is also expected to say that the refugee-migrant issue constitutes a European challenge and will stress the need for a European collective solution on the basis of co-responsibility and solidarity. In addition, Tsipras will stress the need to deepen the eurozone with institutions that are subject to democratic accountability and support the proposals for a robust eurozone budget with a stabilising function as well as the integration of the banking union, including a European deposit insurance scheme.

The programme of the summit is as follows:

12:30 Opening of the summit, exchange of views with the President of the European Parliament

13:30 Lunch

15:30 Follow-up to summit meetings