June summit of European Council to focus on migration, Brexit

Prime Minister Robert Fico and Foreign Ministry State Secretary and Government Proxy for the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU Ivan Korčok should lead Slovakia's delegation at the European Council session to be held in Brussels between June 28-29.

Ivan Korčok, Ambassador at the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU in Brussels (L) and Miroslav Lajčák, Foreign Affairs Minister.Ivan Korčok, Ambassador at the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU in Brussels (L) and Miroslav Lajčák, Foreign Affairs Minister. (Source: SITA)

The summit will focus on migration, employment, growth and investments and external relations, with the results of the British referendum on whether to remain in the European Union, due to take place on June 23, being the hottest topic, the TASR newswire wrote on June 15. Its result will have an impact on the final shape of Slovakia's priorities for its Presidency of the Council of the EU, which begins next month.

With respect to migration, the discussion will be focused on external aspects, evaluating external Schengen area protection and the current state of the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement from March 18.

As for employment, growth and investments, the leaders of EU-member states will focus on approving specific recommendations for individual members, on assessing the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) within the Investment Plan for Europe framework and on the implementation of new measures aimed at supporting the European single market. The summit will also address Economic and Monetary Union and measures against tax fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.

Moreover, EU leaders should discuss the strengthening of EU-NATO relations, as a NATO summit is set to be held in Warsaw on July 8-9.

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