EU presidents: EU should be symbol of freedom, not regulations and restrictions

The European Union should not be associated only with regulations and restrictions, presidents from the bloc said at a meeting in Sofia on September 15.

“The EU is a symbol of freedom and open borders. The EU should not be over-centralised but should become understandable and address people’s problems,” Bulgarian head of state President Rossen Plevneliev, host of the meeting, said.

The Sofia talks were held on the second day of a two-day meeting of the Arraiolos Group, made up of presidents of EU countries Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Hungary, Germany and Finland.

Plevneliev, summing up discussions, said that the current numerous crises give rise to an acute need for long-term and coordinated decision-making in the European Union.

Today it was more important than ever to co-operate, because Europe cannot fall into a crisis of values and lack of solidarity

“We all want a functioning EU and everyone should contribute to restoring confidence in European institutions,” Plevneliev said.


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