Gentiloni, multi-speed Europe but without division

Unity without moving at slowest pace. Relaunching EU in Rome

10 March, 13:00

    BRUSSELS - Overcoming divisions to kickstart a Europe that appears at an impasse, eyeing a summit on March 25 in Rome as a possible turning point for the EU's future is Paolo Gentiloni's message for a gathering of EU heads of State and government. ''The important challenge - he said - is playing the card of a revamp at one of the most difficult times for the Union''.

    ''It appears evident that we cannot stay still when we are faced with challenges, but the EU cannot move with the speed of the slowest wagon. Those less willing to integrate must be kept onboard but this cannot prevent those choosing a quickest pace to do it''.

    A multi-speed Europe is taking shape.

    ''Indications to create a final draft statement that will have relevance I hope will emerge from the direction we will try to give to the summit''.

    A few concrete details could already come out on March 15 in Strasbourg, where Gentiloni was invited by the president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani to address a plenary session together with Commission President Juncker, European Council President Tusk and Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat.

    Migration was also another key theme on the agenda of the 27.

    We are seeking to ''make the agreements work'' with Libya, Niger and other countries, said the premier. If they work, the necessary step will also be made on the central Mediterranean route, he explained.

    However, he warned that this ''doesn't mean giving the Italian people the illusion of the end of the migration phenomenon but making it more manageable and therefore with less tensions on a domestic social and political scale''. (ANSAmed).

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