Czech FM Zaorálek supports joint EU effort on migration crisis

  • Redakce ESJ
  • 21.7.2017 10:14

Czech delegation led by Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek supported the plans to increase efforts to counter migration crisis in the Mediterranean at a FAC meeting held on 17 July, with the main goal, besides fighting people-smugglers, being helping Italy with material, personnel and financial support.

The Czech Republic once again articulated its offer of financial aid of almost €800,000 for Italy, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec also offered to send police officers to help with migrants’ detention. The FAC meeting also brought the decision to prolong the mandate of EUBAM Libya, which is focused on managing the migration crisis. Moreover, the North Korean (DPRK) nuclear and missile programme was discussed and the members of the council decided to maintain dialogue with Pyongyang. The G20 summit had the potential to unify the Western powers‘ stances, but the opportunity was wasted due to the absence of firm leadership. Another topic of the council meeting was the implementation and fulfilment of the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS), where participants debated over specific priorities for next year, such as using the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) which was not fully activated yet. 

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