Pres­i­dency’s real chal­lenge

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The com­ments in many Euro­pean news me­dia ques­tion­ing whether Greece has the abil­ity to ful­fill its com­mit­ments as EU pres­i­dent this se­mes­ter seem to over­look two very im­por­tant as­pects of the pres­i­dency: No coun­try is on its own when it holds the po­si­tion and the se­mes­ter’s suc­cess will de­pend on whether or not the 28 mem­ber states will take po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions to re­in­force their union. Athens will be push­ing for the com­ple­tion of an 18-month pro­gram adopted over a year ago and some 180 is­sues passed on from the Ir­ish and Lithua­nian pres­i­den­cies that pre­ceded Greece’s. The task has been com­pli­cated by the fact that the se­mes­ter will be in­ter­rupted by the elec­tions for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in May. But the ma­jor is­sues that the EU faces in­clude agree­ment on bank­ing union, mea­sures to boost em­ploy­ment and com­pet­i­tive­ness, as well as new poli­cies re­gard­ing im­mi­gra­tion, se­cu­rity and jus­tice. Th­ese are is­sues that will de­pend on the will of all of Greece’s part­ners to take steps to­wards closer union, not only on Greece’s com­pe­tence as me­di­a­tor.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.