Mitaraki Satisfaction with the EU Agreement on Migration
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The Minister of Immigration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, expressed his satisfaction with the EU Council statement on the creation of a transitional solidarity mechanism, shortly after the completion of the work of the EU Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg.
Specifically, the Greek Minister stated the following:
“Today we have made significant progress towards Greece’s goals in tackling the migration crisis. We have approved the proposal for the new Schengen border code, which recognizes the need for effective EU border protection, with emphasis on deterrents and raising the issue of instrumentalization. “Progress in the ‘screening’ and ‘Eurodac’ regulations further enhances the security of our external borders.”
“The Council statement on the creation of a transitional solidarity mechanism gives direct support to the front-line states, with relocations, and proposes the establishment of a permanent mechanism. For the first time, Europe recognizes the need to create a permanent solidarity mechanism,” he added.
Finally, in the context of the review of the role of Frontex, the Greek Minister stated: “I stressed the need to further strengthen the organization, aiming at the effective protection of our common borders and underlined the challenges we face from the counterproductive and provocative rhetoric of Turkey and potential for new hybrid threats “.
EU MFA Agreement on Migration
As previously reported, the EU Home Affairs Council agreed on the solidarity mechanism for the relocation of migrants and regulations on strengthening EU border controls (screening and Eurodac data).
In a post, French Foreign Minister Gerard Darmanen and chair of the council, referred to an important step towards the adoption of the Asylum and Immigration Pact.
According to him, the regulations on strengthening the EU border protection and the solidarity mechanism in the Member States under high immigration pressure, received the support of the majority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The French Foreign Minister explained that the agreement on the regulation on the control of the screening of third-country nationals at the border (screening), as well as on Eurodac data, will help to register migrants at the EU border and deny them entry, if threatening the security of the European continent.
In the next day, the French presidency and the Commission organize a reunion of the “solidarity platform” created at the request of@EmmanuelMacron to give a concrete translation to this historical accord.
– Gerald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) June 10, 2022
Similarly, Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schoinas spoke of “an indisputable sign of the European unity that we have seen more and more emerging in recent months”, while thanking the MED5 countries in particular (Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Italy, Malta) for their “constructive approach”.
A major breakthrough achieved today on the Pact with large majority in support of this compromise.
This is an unequivocal demonstration of the united Europe we have seen emerging even more strongly in recent months.
Particular thanks to # MED5 countries for constructive approach. https://t.co/hUCH1PY0xP
– Margaritis Schinas (@MargSchinas) June 10, 2022
With information from ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ