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EU leaders reach agreement on reforms for UK referendum matter

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAfter two days of discussions, European Union leaders in Brussels agreed on reform proposals that comply with British Prime Minister’s initiatives voiced in December 2015. Leaders also discussed accomplishments and remaining work in regards to the migration problem.

European leaders agreed to realize all previously made agreements as soon as possible.

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis describes the agreement on the UK matter as a compromise solution. «The work that has been done so far is proof that the European Union is capable of solving complicated matters and coming to a solution that satisfies all members states,» – said the prime minister after the end of the meeting. Remainder of the UK in the EU is in the interests of all member states.

In regards to the social support matter, Kucinskis said the agreement reached by EU member states complies with Latvia’s interests: «Restrictions are not major enough to impact our residents.»

The achieved agreement does not impact the free labour movement principle, health insurance, unemployment and other benefits. Indexation of child benefits may only be applied starting from 2020 and the emergency mechanism in regards to the employed may be applied for no longer than seven years, as reported by Latvian Cabinet of Ministers.

In regards to migration matters, Kucinskis noted that he welcomes the European Council’s accomplishments and expectations for the future. The European Council also welcomed NATO’s decision to support Greece and Turkey in joint efforts to monitor borders and combat illegal migrant flow.

Kucinskis mentioned about migration that «it is a priority to focus on strengthening the European Union’s external borders. It is also important to work on the creation of European border and coast guard.»

EU leaders added during discussions that it is necessary to finish the work on migration management centres in order to control the influx of migrants and exercise effective processing and monitoring activities.

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