Tusk to visit countries along Western Balkans migrant route early next month

European Council President Donald Tusk will visit the capitals of countries along the Western Balkans migrant route as part of preparations for an EU-Turkey summit early next month.

Tusk will visit Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Skopje and Athens on 1-3 March "to continue building a European consensus on how to handle the migration crisis and to prepare for the summit with Turkey on 7 March and the European Council on 17-18 March," his office announced.

In his address to the European Parliament on Wednesday, Tusk stressed the need to ensure normal functioning of the Schengen free-travel zone. "We need to invest in Schengen, not in its collapse. Its future  will be one of the key issues to be discussed by the leaders on 7 March," he said, calling for a comprehensive European plan to tackle the migrant crisis.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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