Fico: Migration and Brexit Key Issues for EU Summit in Bratislava

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (left), German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban and Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka before talks in Warsaw. (Photo by TASR/AP)

Warsaw, August 26 (TASR-correspondent) – The main issues to be discussed at the informal EU summit in Bratislava in mid-September will be migration and its economic dimension and the EU’s future following Brexit, said Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico at talks in Warsaw on Friday featuring the prime ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Fico wants to raise the issue of the relationship between EU-member states and European bodies at the Bratislava summit. He’d like to see the EU strengthen and become a global player. The summit should serve as the beginning of a deeper debate on the community’s future.

The five chiefs of governments – Fico and Merkel plus Beata Szydlo (Poland), Bohuslav Sobotka (the Czech Republic) and Viktor Orban (Hungary) – concurred on the need to begin a debate on setting up a common European army.

The summit will also be the venue for a discussion on the current protection of Schengen borders, migration and the related humanitarian crisis. Merkel in this respect proposed deepening cooperation with Turkey and north African countries.

Concerning Brexit, Orban in Warsaw stated that Brexit isn’t the cause, but the result of the current situation in Europe. He criticised the Union for not being able to deal with current problems and for not observing its own rules, such as those concerning the protection of borders and budgetary rules.

The Hungarian premier would also like to see the EU’s fundamental treaties revised. This should include the formulation of a new definition of roles for individual EU bodies.
Meanwhile, Szydlo pointed to the need to highlight the benefits of EU membership, with a special accent on young people, describing the common market and security guarantees related to membership as key assets.