The 8th Med9 Summit is a fact. In the city where democracy was born, it is now called to be reborn to face the challenges of authoritarianism and populism. We must protect peace in the Mediterranean and the waters of the Mediterranean, underlined the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis in his statements at the 8th Summit of the leaders of the countries of the South of the European Union (EUMED9).
“Especially the catastrophic fires of this summer did not leave any Mediterranean country unscathed and the northern countries were hit by deadly floods. Our common defense against the climate crisis. We are coordinating to protect our forests and seas, we are claiming a stronger civil protection mechanism. We call on us to address together the challenge of rising gas prices as they affect electricity prices in all countries. Fundamental priority is security and stability under international law, the Convention on the Law of the Sea.
This also applies to Turkey, which must abandon delinquency against Cyprus and Greece. This is another factor that underscores the need for Europe’s strategic autonomy and highlights it as an unwavering goal. To achieve this, Greece will be at the forefront. Our declaration is also clear regarding hybrid threats and in this case the instrumentalization of Immigration which acquires a special dimension due to the developments in Afghanistan. We will not allow the recurrence of the phenomenon of uncontrolled migration flows that we experienced in 2015. There is no growth without social cohesion, in the post-covid era a steady pace is required on both the front of the economy and that of public health. We will stick to the strategy of persuasion, so that as many citizens as possible are vaccinated. The immediate bet is to continue economic progress while increasing vaccinations. The next thing that will concern us is the new Stability Pact. “The European south has proved that it does not need austerity but perspective”, underlined the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.