Tusk: Schengen soon a thing of the past without external border control

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Sunday that the Schengen Area would soon become a thing of the past unless an effective control of the European Union's external borders was ensured.

Speaking ahead of a summit of the EU's 28 member states and Turkey, Tusk said he expected an agreement to be reached on how to handle the migrant crisis.

Tusk said Turkey was not the only key to solving the crisis. Our most important responsibility and duty is to protect the external borders, he added.

The EU and Turkey are expected to confirm today a joint action plan which envisages EU aid to Turkey in providing for Syrian refugees on Turkish territory as well as stronger EU-Turkey cooperation in preventing illegal migration.

The action plan envisages EUR 3 billion in aid, of which 500 million would come from the European budget and 2.5 billion from EU member states.

A joint statement expected to be adopted after the meeting says that the member states are invited to contribute, which means there is no obligation.

The European Commission is proposing that the member states contribute according to their contribution to the European budget, based on gross national income, which means that Croatia would pay a little under EUR 7.4 million. Germany would pay the most, EUR 534 million.

Most countries have not adopted any decision on the matter. Croatia, according to informed sources, has not undertaken any obligation, given that it has a caretaker government which cannot assume any obligations.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:34

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