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EU Heads of mission meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Stockholm, 8 December 2015)

Published Wednesday December 09 2015

By a coincidence of calendar, the regular biannual meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Stockholm was scheduled in parallel to the EU meeting with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen in Copenhagen. As Ambassador Philipps was not able to attend and chair both meetings on that same day, his colleague, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Sweden, representing the incoming EU chairmanship, graciously accepted to take over to preside over the briefing and ensuing discussions with the Swedish Head of Government. Major issues were the effects of the migration crisis and Sweden’s immigration policy, including the recent marked strain on society and resources, the problem of “foreign fighters”, the implementation of EU decisions on redistribution of migrants, the follow-up to the La Valletta Summit and the Summit between the EU and Turkey. Prime Minister Löfven also gave an overview of the economic situation of Sweden. He finally addressed a number of crisis and conflicts, with a focus on the situation in Ukraine and the war in Syria. Participants appreciated a frank and direct exchange. At the closure of the meeting Ambassador Coppoolse handed over a gift of the Presidency, as a token of appreciation.