The leaders of seven European countries will ask their citizens an opinion on the future of the EU

Leaders of seven Mediterranean countries encouraged citizens to express their views on the future of the European Union in the coming months.

The leaders of Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain took part in the summit of the countries of southern Europe, whose topic was the migration problem, and was held last night in Rome.

They met on a working night due to an agreement on a joint strategy ahead of a meeting of all EU member states that will be held in the upcoming period.

“We welcome the idea of ​​citizens’ consultation across Europe for the key priorities and future of the European Union, which will be organized in the spring,” the joint statement said.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told reporters that the European economy is “a positive moment” and that it is now “the right moment to make efforts for greater European cohesion,” that is, time to reduce regional differences among EU member states.

Summit participants again urged the EU to help them more when it comes to dealing with the migrant crisis.