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Alternate Foreign Minister G. Katrougalos participates in the EU General Affairs Council

Friday, 28 April 2017

Alternate Foreign Minister Katrougalos today participated in a meeting of the EU General Affairs Council, in Luxembourg, which looked at the European Union's strategy in the Brexit negotiations, ahead of the meeting of the European Council this Saturday, 29 April, in Brussels.

Mr. Katrougalos saw the Commission's relevant proposal as balanced, given that it clarifies that the UK cannot have more rights than it did as a member, without this meaning that the negotiations will be vengeful or punitive in nature.

Mr. Katrougalos characterized as very positive the text's mention of the need for transparency in the negotiations in order to ensure the legal security and the visibility of the critical issues, not just for the states and the European Parliament, but also for all citizens.

Finally, the Alternate Minister underscored that the European Union should emerge stronger from the whole process and, in particular, with its social and democratic dimensions enhanced. In this context he welcomed the proposal made yesterday by the Commission for a new social rights pillar, though he clarified that the proposal needs to be made more ambitious and specific.

Mr. Katrougalos also participated in the meeting of European Affairs Ministers of the Socialists and Democrats, and he met with the Labour and Social Affairs Minister of Luxembourg, Nicolas Schmit, who is the coordinator of the Socialists and Democrats Labour Ministers. The subject of these productive talks was mainly the better organization of the debate on social Europe.

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