During the next meetings to be held in Brussels on the 18th and 19th June, the European Council are to address EU institutional issues; the economic, financial and social situation, including the supervision of financial services and efforts to support employment; climate change and sustainable development; illegal immigration and external relations, including Pakistan and Afghanistan.
On the subject of immigration, Malta, Italy Greece and Cyprus insisted on a more concrete stance in the Draft Conclusions for the European Council to be held on Thursday and Friday of this week. Minister Tonio Borg and Minister Franco Frattini emphasized the importance of implementing the Immigration Pact agreed to by European leaders last October, and of concluding the EU-Libya Framework Agreement by the end of this year.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Tonio Borg attended the European Union Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday. The General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) brings together the Foreign Ministers of EU Member States. Ministers responsible for European Affairs, Defence, Development or Trade also participate depending on items on the agenda.
In turn, the Council welcomed the reference to a Palestinian State in Premier Netanyahu`s address recently; however the EU called upon the Government of Israel to commit unequivocally to the two state solution. The Council expressed its deep concern at the illegal settlement activities going on in the occupied territories.
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