European Council (Art. 50) conclusions, June 29, 2018

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat described the European Council (Art. 50) conclusions as a proof that all European Union countries agree with Malta’s position. “This is a crucial development which provides a blueprint as to how Europe should proceed,” remarked Dr Muscat.

He stated that the mood within the European Council was positively affected by the diplomatic efforts which Malta successfully led this week whereby, for the first time ever, a humanitarian crisis was addressed, not only by Malta or Italy, but by nine countries who accepted to share responsibility.

Leaders agreed that the European Union must continue to make efforts to rise to the challenge of supporting socio-economic development in Africa.

In his concluding remarks, European Council President Donald Tusk stated that as regards the deal on migration, although it is still far too early to talk about a success, an agreement has been reached during the European Council.

Leaders accepted three proposals:

  • disembarkation platforms outside Europe;
  • a dedicated budgetary tool in the next MFF to combat illegal migration;
  • as well as boosting EU support for the Libyan Coast Guard.

Click here for President Tusk’s full remarks.

The Euro Summit adopted a statement, following the meeting on June 29, 2018. Click here for the full text.

Click here for the European Council (Art. 50) conclusions, June 29, 2018.

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