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Vejonis: EU should be made less bureaucratic and more comprehensive to citizens

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMake the European Union less bureaucratic and more comprehensive for its citizens, define a clear vision for Europe’s future, strengthen Europe’s security and perform joint anti-terrorism operations and continue cooperation with NATO – these proposals were voiced by Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis during the meeting of Arraiolos group in Bulgaria.

«In spite of current events that test the foundation of the European project, we must continue protecting our common values – freedom, security and justice. We must progress forward with matters of employment, growth and competitiveness. We have to enhance the union of our freedom, security and justice,» – Vejonis said.

He noted that the European Union has had complicated crises in the past. Sooner or later, however, solutions are always found. «I am convinced that with unity, solidarity and search for consensus, the EU is strong enough to overcome any difficulties. It is simply that Europe has no other alternatives,» – said the president.

In regards to strengthening EU’s security, Vejonis said it is necessary to improve the management of external borders and develop cooperation with third countries. He mentioned the cooperation between the EU and NATO. Synergy should be formed between them. They should not have different, overlapping goals.

The meeting addressed the process of historic change for Balkan Countries as they became part of the European Union. Raimonds Vejonis affirmed the need for more apparent presence of the EU in the Balkan region to maintain Europe’s perspective in this region.

«Considering the emerging challenges, including the migrant crisis and terrorism threats, it is clear that the situation in Balkan countries is tightly associated with Europe’s security and welfare. This is why it is important to continue working individually and regionally to strengthen Balkan countries as a part of Europe,» – said Latvia’s president.

Arraiolos group is an informal meeting of presidents of European member states. This year, the meeting is held in Bulgaria. This meeting is attended by presidents of parliamentary republic who do not have executive power. This year’s meeting is attended by presidents of Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Latvia, Portugal, Finland, Italy and Malta.

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