Main opposition leader Mitsotakis’ agenda in Brussels
The refugee issue and the negotiations between the government and the institutions dominate the agenda of New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ meetings in Brussels on February 17-18.
On Wednesday Mitsotakis will meet the president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. He will also meet EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, the president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Guy Verhofstadt, EU Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici, the Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, the Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen, and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu.
Mitsotakis calls on the government to meet its commitments and is against the closing of the country’s northern borders as well as Greece’s exit from the Schengen.
The main opposition leader insists on the fact that the issue is a European one and tests the European Union’s tolerance. He also considers that Europe should put pressure on Turkey in order to be cooperative, particularly as regards combating trafficking networks.
Mitsotakis underlines that he is in favour of the rapid completion of the program review, adding that the implementation of the agreement with the creditors is the government’s responsibility.
On Thursday he will meet the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the EPP summit. The leader of New Democracy will also meet the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov, Spain’s caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the former Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho.
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