Europe’s EU leaders, meeting in Athens on Friday, pledged to strengthen cooperation against climate change after widespread forest fires left parts of southern Europe devastated.

“The best lesson to be learned is the catastrophic fires of summer,”Mario Draghi

“The best lesson to be learned is the catastrophic fires of summer,” Italian President Mario Draghi said in Athens when they attended the so-called Session 8 “s summit at the UMED-9.

The fires destroyed more than 1.000 square km of Greek forest land and caused substantial damage to the island of Euboea and parts of Southern Greece.

Besides climate, the agenda focused on both EU foreign policy and migration.

Alarmed by recent events in Afghanistan Greece has made clear its position on migration remains unchanged.

In their subsequent statements after the Athens Summit, almost all attended the Conference in favour of greater strategic autonomy for the EU.

During the conference, Greece and Cyprus also addressed the issue of Turkey, a neighbour with whom they have a number of disputes, including those relating to energy saving rights in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Portugal’s foreign minister, Augusto Santos Silva.

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