Slovakia’s Council of EU Presidency kickstarts with Brexit on the table


(Front, L-R) Vice-president of the European Commission, Minister of Justice of the Slovakia Lucia Zitnanska, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security and Vice President of the Commision Federica Mogherini, Duputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investment Peter Pellegrini, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Robert Fico, Commissioner for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights Frans Timmermans, Minister of Interior of the Slovak Republic, European Commission Vice-President for Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajcak pose for a family photo during the first day of Slovakia´s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Bratislava, Slovakia, 01 July 2016.

“We are not going to change that,” added Juncker on the free movement of labour when asked by reporters in Bratislava why a majority of UK citizens voted to leave the EU. Fico on the 27 member states strategy: “We know what we want, we know how to proceed.”

 Juncker: "We are facing old problems, new problems"

Ruling out any concessions on free movement in forthcoming negotiations with the UK, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker marked the official start of Slovakia’s Presidency of the European Council in Bratislava, with the Commissioners College present. He and Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico outlined the problems and challenges the bloc will need to address over the next six months.

“We are facing a certain number of problems,...

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