Another EU Summit on Migration Crisis Tomorrow

European Union leaders will meet in Brussels on Thursday on the background of the migration and refugee crisis, while they will narrow in on setting up a possible EU border guard.

According to the Global Post, EU leaders will continue to discuss migration focusing on strengthening of the EU’s external borders, including a possible EU border guard, offering support for the countries in the neighborhood and the refugees there, and addressing the root causes through cooperation with the countries of origin and transit.

“Even if the influx of refugees slows down during winter, we must be ready for spring and the threat of bigger waves flowing to Europe. In fact, all the leaders I met in the region spoke about millions of potential new refugees,” European Council President Donald Tusk said in his invitation letter ahead of the summit.

“As exaggerated as this opinion may sound, it is our obligation to be prepared for all scenarios,” Tusk said, Reuters reports. He said leaders should consider changes to the Dublin system, which makes frontier states responsible for asylum, and strengthen EU borders, possibly by creating a Union border guard force.

In regard with the Union border guard force and the Dublin system, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told that now they are witnessing the assumption of a principle that was denied for months and which Merkel and Hollande have brought with authority before the European Parliament.

”A simple principle: the Dublin treaty is over. Not technically, but politically,” Renzi said, adding that the new hotspots for identifying and registering newly arrived migrants and refugees set up under a EU scheme for assisting front-line countries such as Italy and Greece “only make sense in conjunction with relocation and the policy of repatriation”.

 However, besides the migration and immigrants issues, the two-day meeting of EU leaders will also feature discussions on another political minefield – Britain‘s planned referendum on EU membership and its bid to win concessions from other member states before the referendum.

15.10.2015