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A way to solution

19.02.2016

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Leaders of EU member states, including the Slovenian Prime Minister, have been very busy these days. At all levels, formally and informally, they are intensively trying to find a way to bring the European Union back on the path of common policies and solidarity.

It would be an exaggeration to say that there is no cooperation between countries; however, the problem is that most solutions are partial and take everyone involved down a one-way street. This is something that Slovenia continues to stress.

The initiative addressed by PM Cerar to leaders of EU member states and European institutions a few weeks ago is different in a way that it can complement other initiatives and promotes a solution at European and global levels: tighter control on the border between Macedonia and Greece will encourage leaders to find solutions in Greece (with strong support to control the waters of the Aegean Sea alone) and in Turkey, where Germany is making great efforts.

At the latest summit, the EU leaders endorsed several objectives to curb the refugee crisis, with EU President Donald Tusk underlining the need for a combination of solutions. Several goals were adopted last night, including that the migration flow be curbed, external EU borders better protected, illegal migration reduced and the Schegen zone protected. The leaders also welcomed NATO's decision to launch a mission in the Aegean. The EU-Turkey action plan remains a top priority and a special meeting with Turkey is being planned for the beginning of March, according to Tusk.

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