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It is with deep concern that the International Press Association API-IPA takes note of the fact that European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker does not intend to inform the international press about his discussions with heads of state and government on migration and asylum issues during the informal meeting on Sunday.

These matters are of major concern for the European public and citizens have a legitimate interest to be informed on the record.

API-IPA appreciates the willingness of the Spokespersons Service to brief the media off the record but is of the opinion that this is not sufficient. The issues at stake are vital for the European project. We do think that the public should debate them with solid knowledge about the Commission’s position, given that the Commission is one of the key actors in this debate.

Tom Weingärtner

API president

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