Greek President: Europe needs "real and not just rhetorical solidarity"

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On the occasion of Europe Day and the 70th anniversary since the Schuman Declaration, which ultimately led to the founding of the European Union, President of Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou emphasised the need for “real and not just rhetorical” solidarity among EU member-states, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis that it brings.

“A common response to the pandemic, and the distribution of financial burdens in dealing with it, is necessary to protect the integrity and unity of the European Union and the eurozone,” she said in a statement.

“In a world that is ever darker, Europe despite all its flaws, mistakes and failings, remains the shining house on the hill," Sakellaropoulou concluded.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also marked this day with a message: "The goddess Europe is of Greek descent and continues to travel in our countries and protect our continent...forever optimistic, she asks us to deepen democracy, solidarity and our mutual ties, for happer citizens and more equitable societies, a 'greener' sustainable future. It is up to us to continue the difficult but enchanting journey of progress."