EC says migrant crisis can't be solved through national actions

The aim of the meeting of the leaders of the countries on the Western Balkan migrant route, which European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker convened for Sunday, is to improve cooperation between the countries along the route because national solutions are not possible for the migrant crisis, only collective ones, and European Union member states cannot blame their neighbours, EC spokesman Margaritis Schinas said on Friday.

"The aim is to improve cooperation and step up consultation between the countries along the route and decide on pragmatic operational measures that can be implemented immediately to tackle the refugee crisis in that region. The past weeks have shown that the challenge will not be solved through national actions. Only a collective, cross-border approach based on cooperation can succeed," he said.

The EC says it wants to put the migrant flow under control through the cooperation of all countries. EC sources say the situation on the Croatia-Slovenia border is out of control and blame Croatia for lack of cooperation and communication.

Sunday's meeting will bring together Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, Slovenian PM Miro Cerar, Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, and representatives of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the EU and the  European Asylum Support Office.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:33
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