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Thursday, 9 July 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

The 2019 Human Rights Annual report - Stability and Security in the Mediterranean and the negative role of Turkey - Situation in Belarus (debate)

  Rasa Juknevičienė (PPE). – Mr President, the situation in the southern EU neighbourhood is dangerous. It has to be seen in a wider context, not just in relation to Turkey.

There are a lot of talks about EU strategic autonomy in the security area. The processes that have been developing in the Mediterranean for several years now confirm that we have to act, not only talk. When the EU is not acting, others do – in this case, Turkey and Russia. Even more so, as different EU Member States support different sides of the conflict in Libya. Where is the EU strategy here?

Today we have to speak about the capability of the EU to act near its borders, to act in coordination with NATO. This would be the kind of EU strategic autonomy in which our voters could believe.


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