Zagreb - It is critical to have a comprehensive approach towards the migrations policy, starting with true migration causes to dialogue with countries of their origin and transit about the management of migration routes, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said in parliament on Wednesday while presenting a report on the European Council meeting held in Brussels on October 20 and 21 which focused on migrations, the trade policy, the relationship with Russia and Brexit.
"In order to deepen dialogue between the government and parliament, notably on topics in the focus of the EU's attention, today I would like to start a practice of regularly briefing the public, including parliamentary deputies, about discussions and conclusions at European Council meetings," Plenković said at the start of his talk.
Plenković told the MPs that the Prime Minister of Slovakia, the current EU chair, underscored priorities in the coming period -- a return to Schengen, operationalisation of the European border and coast guard and the implementation of systematic checks on external borders. Plenković also underlined the successful ratification of the Paris Agreement and called for additional efforts regarding the signing of the CETA agreement and the modernisation of protective trade mechanisms.
According to Plenković, in his introductory address European Parliament President Martin Schultz called for cancelling the visa regime for Ukrainian citizens as soon as possible and for continuing the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea to Russia. Russia was one of the topics discussed at a more informal meeting, Plenković said, adding that the meeting discussed Russia's role in Syria and Ukraine. Schultz called on the member states to show solidarity regarding migration issues in an effort to successfully manage the migration crisis. (Hina)