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In Brussells further actions seeking to deal with migration crisis were agreed

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2015 11 10

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On 9 November, an extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) meeting took place in Brussells. During it, actions of the countries implementing the Council’s decisions on relocation of refugees from Italy and Greece were discussed, consultations on the ways of strengthening and implementing the European Union’s (EU) response to the current migration crisis were held as well.

The ministers of Italy and Greece shared the latest information on the current situation. Up to now, different measures have been taken, but migration flows did not decrease. Altogether 117 persons were relocated from Italy and 30 persons from Greece.

Vice-Minister of the Interior Elvinas Jankevičius who participated in the meeting stated that Member States are ready to relocate persons from Italy and Greece, but there are no persons which could be relocated. “Today some countries are being suffocated by the amount of refugees, while the others are ready to accept them, but nobody arrives. These two extremes should be coordinated”, – the Vice-Minister stated.

 E. Jankevičius also emphasized the importance of the EU external border control in order to manage current crisis situation. “It goes without saying that no single state can solve such crisis situations alone. Seeking to secure external border it is important to activate present instruments, e. g. rapid border intervention teams (RABIT).  All states are determined to provide necessary support, and Lithuania is not as exception”, – Vice-Minister said. 

The Europen Commission promised to present new proposals on lawmaking in the area of external borders management.

During the Brussells meeting, the ministers approved conclusions of the Council which identify practical actions in order to manage migration crisis: it has been decided to take actions seeking to ensure effective return system on the EU level; to take real measures preventing misuse cases of migrants; to strengthen efforts of humanitarian aid; to strengthen capacities of Europol in the area of fighting against smuggling of migrants; to activate dialogue on return and readmission with priority third countries; to work out a joint information strategy for asylum seekers, migrants and transporters of human beings, etc.  

The ministers also agreed on further discussions over proposal for a Regulation on establishing the list of safe countries of origin and possibly fast beginning of negotiations with the European Parliament.