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2.03.16

Cerar and Tusk to urge effective implementation of the Schengen regime and assistance to Greece

At their meeting at Brdo pri Kranju today, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar and the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, urged effective implementation of the Schengen regime and assistance to Greece in protecting the external Schengen borders. At the same time, they urged a European solution to the refugee and migration crisis. Until there is an effective implemented policy, we will apply solutions that head in that direction, said the Slovenian PM. 

 

 

Cerar’s initiative, which he has presented to his EU counterparts, heads in that direction: assisting Greece in protecting the external Schengen border as much as possible, while tightening control of the border between Macedonia and Greece to prevent further potential irregular migration. In this respect, Cerar expressed satisfaction that coordination between all the countries on the Western Balkan route to manage the situation is proving successful. In his discussion with the President of the European Council, Cerar noted that it is vital to apply the Schengen rules effectively.

 

 

The President of the European Council, who is seeking a European consensus on actions to tackle the migration crisis before the EU-Turkey summit on 7 March, arrived in Slovenia from Austria, and will visit Croatia and Macedonia tomorrow, then Greece on Thursday and Turkey on Friday. 

 

 

According to the Slovenia PM, Tusks's tour is immensely important, because he will be able to familiarise himself with the situation along the Western Balkan route and exchange views that will help leaders find solutions at the meeting, which will be a step toward resolving the crisis.

 

 

On this occasion, the President of the European Council thanked the Slovenian PM for his role in re-establishing the Schengen regime and his initiative, which is providing the basis for coordinating countries on the Western Balkan route. He stressed that better and more coordination was significant now, so that the EU can intensify its efforts to mitigate the humanitarian consequences of its decisions and assist Greece, which is in most need of help.

 

 

He also said that the EU’s action plan with Turkey should be made effective, so that the influx of refugees via Turkey decreases. He believes that there is no alternative to effective cooperation with Turkey. “Europe is ready to do its part. At the same time, we expect more intensive engagement from our partners to avoid a humanitarian disaster,” he said, adding that he would raise this issue with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey later this week.


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