A new Schengen Agreement?
Besides the economic crisis, the issue of migration is set to feature heavily at the summit. Buzek addressed the growing problem of border control admitting “we could have some improvements” to the Schengen Agreement, but dismantling it entirely was out of the question as the free movement of people within Europe is of enormous importance. He reinforced the need to “foster economic development” in countries where immigrants are coming from.
Welcome to the Union
With Croatia reaching the final stages off accession to the European Union this week, Buzek noted how this was a good sign of the union’s influence in the Balkan region and looked forward to working more closely with Serbia in the future.
Finally, as the European Council looks set to appoint Mario Draghi as President of the Central Bank tomorrow, Buzek welcomed his selection as candidate and said he will provide “a good continuation of the Presidency of Jean-Claude Trichet.”