EU Parliamentary Chairs to Meet in Bratislava in April

Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko at a press conference in Bratislava on February 21 (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, February 21 (TASR) – The European heads of parliaments will meet again in Bratislava between April 22-23 in order to exchange information on cooperating with each other, stated Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) at a press conference on Tuesday that concerned a meeting of EU parliament secretaries-general that took place in Bratislava on the same day.

The first informal summit of EU parliamentary chairs, which was sponsored by Danko, took place in Bratislava in early October 2016 as part of Slovakia’s Presidency of the EU Council.

According to Danko, EU is at a crossroads at the moment, waiting for the results of various parliamentary and presidential elections across Europe.

“Events such as this [taking place] today join parliaments, people, nations and representatives of EU-member states. As many as 28 heads of parliaments and heads of parliamentary lower chambers [in Bratislava] are being hosted by the Parliament Office today. It was an honour for me that I could open this international conference,” said Danko about the event.

The Slovak parliamentary chairman specifically appreciated the fact that representatives of both the upper and lower houses of British Parliament are taking part in Tuesday’s meeting in Bratislava. In the context of the upcoming Brexit, Danko stressed the importance of the European project. “The EU and Europe itself are historically destined to become an example of coexistence and tolerance for other nations.
However, that doesn’t mean that we’ll deny our basic historical principle,” said Danko, who has been calling for a stronger voice of national parliaments in the EU over the long term.