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7. 3. 2017

State Secretary Štiglic attends General Affairs Council in Brussels

GAC session; photo: EU

Brussels, 7 March 2017 – Today, State Secretary Sanja Štiglic attended a GAC meeting which focused on the preparations for the European Council to be held on 9 and 10 March. The upcoming European Council will deal with jobs, growth and competitiveness, and discuss security and defence, migration and the situation in the Western Balkans.
In the debate, State Secretary Štiglic welcomed the proposal that the leaders discuss the current topics in greater depth. She underscored the importance of the internal market and the free movement of services, pointing out the problems encountered by Slovenian hauliers in certain EU member states. Special attention should be devoted to measures to stimulate investments, economic growth and employment, and at the same time strengthen the social dimension of the EU.
In the discussion on free trade, the State Secretary pointed out the importance of transparency, regular communication and respect for EU standards. She also stressed that the EU must continue to monitor migration, ensure effective control on external borders and provide the necessary support to the countries along the Western Balkan migration route, adding that migration issues cannot be resolved by introducing and extending control on the internal Schengen Area's borders.
State Secretary Štiglic welcomed the continued in-depth discussion on the security and defence in the EU, and the debate on the situation in the Western Balkans, with regard to which she underlined the urgent need for the EU to show determination and take a proactive role.
The General Affairs Council examined a presidency synthesis report on the implementation of the European Semester and reviewed the implementation of the better law-making agreement. The Council also agreed to forward a draft recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area to the European Council.