Progressive European Affairs Ministers: The EU’s efforts on strengthening the rule of law must continue

16/09/2019

Frazer Clarke, Vincenzo Amendola, Frans Timmermans, and Hans Dahlgren

(R-L) Hans Dahlgren, Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and meeting chair, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Vincenzo Amendola, Italian Minister for European Affairs, and Frazer Clarke, Deputy Secretary General of the S&D Group in the European Parliament

Frans Timmermans has been doing an excellent job on strengthening the rule of law in Europe - the Blueprint released in July sets the right tone for action - and the next European Commission should continue the work with the same level of ambition and vigour, according to the Ministers of European Affairs from the Party of European Socialists, who met in Brussels today.

The meeting was exceptionally chaired by the European Affairs Minister of Sweden, Hans Dahlgren, who said:

“Frans Timmermans has left a substantial legacy on strengthening and safeguarding the rule of law in Europe. We expect the same passion to be present in the work of the new Commissioner. Our group will keep an attentative eye on the developments and will not allow progress to decelerate or be undermined. The rule of law is not negotiable, and we have made this repeatedly clear.”

Dahlgren continued:

“We are also keeping a close eye on the European budget negotiations for the next 7 years. We want to stick to the timetable and make sure that the budget reflects the progressive political priorities. In the upcoming years the EU must focus on jobs, fair jobs, on innovation and growth, and of course on climate.  Our aim is to reach an agreement on a well-balanced budget with clear added European values.”

 

Tytti Tuppurainen, Finnish Minister for European Affairs, Marco Aguiriano, Spanish Minister for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs, Margarida Marques MEP

Tytti Tuppurainen, Finnish Minister for European Affairs, Marco Aguiriano, Spanish Minister for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs, and Margarida Marques MEP at the meeting of progressive European Affairs Ministers

The meeting was attended by:

  • Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President, European Commission
  • Hans Dahlgren, Minister for EU Affairs, Sweden
  • Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs, Finland
  • Vincenzo Amendola, Minister for European Affairs, Italy
  • Edward Zammit Lewis, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, Malta
  • Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Portugal
  • Frantisek Ruzicka, State Secretary for European Affairs, Slovakia
  • Marco Aguiriano, Minister for European Affairs, Spain
  • Margarida Marques MEP, Vice Chair of the Committee on Budgets, European Parliament
  • Frazer Clarke, Deputy Secretary General of the S&D Group, European Parliament
  • Yonnec Polet, Deputy Secretary General, PES