On 24 June in Brussels, in a discussion with members of the European Parliament on the preparation of the European Council meeting of 25 and 26 June, the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Parliamentary State Secretary for EU Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, emphasised: “Emerging security challenges have clearly demonstrated that the EU should boost its resilience against hybrid threats. We expect that the European Council will also highlight the need to mobilise EU instruments that would help better counter these threats.”
Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica also noted that at the European Council, it is envisaged to request the High Representative Federica Mogherini to draft, within a year, a revised EU strategy on foreign and security policy in view of changes in the European and global security environment.
During the discussion, the Parliamentary State Secretary for EU Affairs highly appreciated the action plan on EU strategic communication prepared under the guidance of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini: “This is an important step in strengthening EU capacity for countering disinformation campaigns,” she said.
In a debate on economic issues, the Parliamentary State Secretary for EU Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, thanked the European Parliament for its constructive cooperation which enabled prompt achievement of an agreement on the European Fund for Strategic Investment aimed at ensuring sustainable growth.
In the debate, MEPs also paid particular attention to the items on the European Council’s agenda such as EU migration policy and the economic situation in Greece. Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica noted in this context that according to the initial assessment by international lenders, the new proposals by the Greek Government are a positive step in the right direction and that, at the moment, it is vital to take action without further delay. The Parliamentary State Secretary for EU Affairs also stressed that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and international lenders are working on elements of the Greek reform plans so as to finalise them still at the Eurogroup meeting taking place on Wednesday evening.
In addition to a four-day plenary in Strasbourg, the European Parliament convenes for a one-day session in Brussels on a monthly basis. This was the last time when the Latvian Presidency was representing the EU Council at the European Parliament’s plenary session. In July, the Presidency of the EU Council will be taken over by Luxembourg.
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