The State Secretary for European Affairs, Cristian Bădescu, has participated today, June 20, 2016, in the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), organized in Luxembourg. On the meeting agenda, were included the following topical issues: the integrated EU policy for the Arctic, the Union's overall approach to Sahel region, the developments on the political situation in the Republic of Macedonia, the developments on the Middle East Peace Process and the EU-Georgia relation in the perspective of visa liberalisation.
During the discussions dedicated to the situation in the Republic of Macedonia, the State Secretary, Cristian Badescu, drew the attention on the risks of a potential extension of the political crisis in Skopje, both for the Republic of Macedonia, and for the entire region. He asserted the importance of a solution in line with the officials' commitment to act that prioritises comprehensive and sustainable ethnic reconciliation. He reaffirmed the importance of having maintained consistency of the European institutions and Member States' actions and reiterated Romania's support in this regard.
The discussions concerning the visa liberalization regime with Georgia occasioned the reassertion of the political support of several member states, including Romania, for the swift adoption of the decision in this regard. The Romanian high level official reiterated Romania's political support, having cited the compliance of the commitments made by the Georgian authorities in relation to EU when implementing reforms. Moreover, he stressed that a positive decision will facilitate the consolidation of a strong and transparent partnership between EU and Georgia, with a positive impact on the population.
The debate dedicated to the Middle East Peace Process topic concentrated on the prospects of a further French initiative, which started with the meeting in Paris on June 3, 2016. The ministers stressed the need to maintain an active EU role in the region and create the necessary complementarity of this process with other initiatives, especially with the Quartet's action. Council conclusions were adopted.
The ministers have largely discussed the overall EU approach to the Sahel region, both in terms of security and of the need to identify sustainable solutions to stabilize the economic and social development of the countries in the region and to settle the causes of poverty and illegal migration, with a focus on fostering economic growth and offering prospects to the young people.
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