Fico: EU Doesn’t Need Plan B, It Just Needs Better Communication

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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico speaking at the GLOBSEC 2017 international security conference in Bratislava. (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, May 28 (TASR) – Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) stated at the GLOBSEC international security conference in Bratislava on Sunday that the EU “doesn’t need a plan B, while in fact it needs normal open debate”.

Fico was speaking as part of a debate panel entitled “European (Dis)Union” also featuring Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and European Council President Donald Tusk.

According to Fico, a key problem lies in the way the EU has been communicating the benefits of its membership mainly to young people. So, EU leaders should be more actively communicating in their home countries in this regard, believes Fico.

When it comes to a possible deeper integration, all decisions in the eurozone should be made following a discussion with countries that haven’t adopted the common European currency, stated Fico. Nonetheless, the latter countries should also respect ambitions of further approximation by individual countries within the EU, added Fico.

“A new German-French integration engine is being created here,” said Fico.

Meanwhile, there are countries that aren’t members of the eurozone, such as the Czech Republic and Poland, but have better economic results than others, said Fico, adding that Slovakia wants to be a part of the deeper integration when the engine starts.