EU must think about the challenges it is facing, Kotzias says on Europe Day

The European Union must consider the challenges and impasses it is facing today, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Tuesday, in a message marking Europe Day – the anniversary of the 1950 Schuman Declaration, a statement that eventually opened the way for the creation of the European Union.

“We all ought to consider the contemporary challenges and impasses facing the European Union. [We must]reinvigorate the principles and values that shaped the European structure, such as democracy, equality and social solidarity, and work to ensure that Europe and European foreign policy develops strategic thinking to tackle the current leadership deficit,” he said.

“We must give our people a new perspective and strive for a Europe that will abandon punitive policies that work counter-productively and exacerbate existing problems,” he added.

He then reiterated that Greece will continue to pursue an “active and multidimensional foreign policy” by promoting a series of international initiatives aimed at consolidating peace and stability both in Europe and in neighboring regions.