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European Council - 26 and 27 October: statement by Minister Fitto

27 October 2023

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"The European Council confirms the role and centrality of the President of the Council of Ministers, Giorgia Meloni, and the Italian Government in putting in place solutions capable of fostering a stabilisation process of the current geopolitical context, as well as strengthening the capacity of the European Union to respond to the main economic and social challenges", said Minister Raffaele Fitto at the end of the European Council of 26 and 27 October 2023.

"On the Middle East issue, the full solidarity and closeness to Israel and its right of self-defense, and the condemnation for the terrorist attacks of last October 7 by Hamas, but also the need to start a process of de-escalation that leads to an agreement between the parties involved, has emerged clearly. Let's not forget Ukraine, to which the EU's support from a humanitarian, financial and military point of view is confirmed.

“At the same time – continues the Minister – also at the urging of our country, the need for an agreement by the end of 2023 was reaffirmed both on the mid-term review of the multiannual financial framework, and on the reform of the Stability Pact, which strengthens the industrial capacity and strategic autonomy of the EU, and guarantees the internal market".

"Finally, the reference to the letter from the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Layen, which confirms that the issue is among the priorities of the European agenda, and is working on concrete solutions capable of countering illegal flows and fostering return policies, is also extremely positive".

European Council , Middle East , migration , Stability and Growth Pact , multiannual financial framework
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