The Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a new strong message to Turkey at the Summit of the Process for Cooperation in Southeast Europe (SEECP), which is being held in Thessaloniki. The Summit is attended by the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the Heads of State and Government of the countries of SE Europe.
“After the blatant Russian invasion of Ukraine, we must send a clear message that no one in the third decade of the 21st century can accept the despotic revision, which threatens not only the international geopolitical balance, but also the acceptable borders on which the modern world. “History is not rewritten because someone constructs it arbitrarily in his mind,” the Prime Minister added.
“It turned out that there is indeed potential for cooperation of all parties in the region and at the same time this Summit drew a road map of common goals and principles that I believe only leads forward, and in a city that is a crossroads of peoples and cultures,” said Mr. Mitsotakis .
As he pointed out, “the participation of foreign leaders in the Summit proves its importance for all parties, but also the enhanced role of Greece in our wider region.” “This sensitive region from a zone of intense contrasts must develop into a period of creative compositions,” the Prime Minister stressed.
At the same time, he pointed out that Alexandroupolis is becoming a new hub that can bring our neighborhood at the center of the strategic energy supply of the Balkans and the whole of SE Europe.
“A common goal is energy security through diversification of sources and the relief of citizens from price increases,” he noted.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a message to Europe for the integration of the Western Balkans into the European family. “It is time to take more decisive steps in the integration of the Western Balkans into the European family, with the harmonization of their laws, but also the practical commitment of European leadership and member states,” he said.
In my article in Politico, he stressed, I propose 2033 as a time milestone for the accession of all countries to the EU. An ambitious goal, but also a realistic one, with heavy historical significance.
After Mr. Mitsotakis’ speech, a dinner will follow, in which the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Solz, will also take part.
Earlier, during his meeting with the President of Slovenia, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of maintaining the EU’s enlargement potential. in the Western Balkans.
“This is an opportunity to restart the debate on the Western Balkans. I wrote an article in Politico today where I pointed out that at European level we need to be more willing, more open and more honest on the issue of the Western Balkans. I imagine this is the one that will be discussed today. The other issue we will focus on is the new opportunities for regional cooperation, especially in the field of energy, given what happened to Ukraine and the desire of all to get rid of Russian hydrocarbons as soon as possible. “And of course, it is in the interest of both our countries to have stability and prosperity in the Western Balkans”, the Prime Minister noted, in a short dialogue he had, before their private meeting.
“I think this Conference is very important. “The issue of the Western Balkans is an issue that deserves our attention,” he said.
During the meeting with the President of Slovenia, the very high level of bilateral relations was confirmed and ways were discussed to further strengthen cooperation, especially in the fields of trade, investment and energy. Greece and Slovenia are already cooperating, at EU level, to tackle the energy price crisis and its effects on European citizens.
The two leaders also discussed the need for effective protection of the EU’s external borders and enhanced cooperation within the EU to manage the migration problem and prevent the instrumentalization of migration flows.