EU solidarity cannot just be a one-way street - Dombrovskis

  • 2019-04-19
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, who is atop of New Unity's ticket in the European Parliament elections, told LETA in an interview that European Union solidarity cannot just be a one-way street.

Dombrovskis said that strategic discussions are currently taking place on the future of the EU, and that the European Commission has come up with five possible scenarios. These scenarios include closer cooperation in all areas, strengthening cooperation in separate areas, as well as a so-called two or several speed Europe.

He said that it is in Latvia's interests for EU member states to cooperate with one another, so that it is a capable bloc. Thus, he said that New Unity will support the development scenarios which is aimed at closer cooperation. ''But of course we will look into whether this is necessary in all areas,'' he added.

Speaking about European solidarity, Dombrovskis said that Latvia must also be actively involved.

''We must look into ways we can help support our EU partners as best we can. It is clear we cannot expect solidarity only when we need it. We must be able to hear what our colleagues in other countries are saying and find balanced solutions,'' he said.