The President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Joseph Daul, welcomes and supports European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s migration proposals, which he unveiled during the State of the Union in the European Parliament today.

President Juncker has proved in the first year of his mandate that he is capable of taking the right actions and guiding Europe ahead. He was at the forefront in keeping Greece in the Eurozone, and continues to be at the forefront in finding a solution to the refugee crisis in Europe while defending core European values,” said EPP President Daul.

Only a common European solution will be the answer to the diverse internal and external cross-border challenges we face: the refugee and migration crisis which has reached an unprecedented scale, the pressure on the Schengen area, Islamist terrorist attacks in Europe and the war of IS in Syria.”

If we are to overcome the challenges of migration, we must create the right conditions for Europe’s economic prosperity, create jobs for the people, and ensure social cohesion.  We must also work towards a strong common foreign and security policy, help our neighbouring countries to create democracies based on the rule of law, justice, and eradicating corruption, and fight climate change,” continued President Daul.

One nation alone cannot overcome these challenges. A determined European vision must guide our actions. It is of the utmost importance that we remain united when European principles are threatened. President Juncker is uniting us and showing leadership. We must now concentrate our efforts to translate solidarity into concrete actions to protect Europe’s values,” the EPP President concluded.