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European leaders to announce this week the closing of the ‘Western Balkan route’//Les leaders européens vont annoncer cette semaine la fermeture de la route des migrants aux Balkans Occidentaux ‘

EU will shut down Western Balkan route and provide the necessary support to Greece to deal with thousands of people to be stuck in the country.


Austrian newspaper Der Standard revealed that European leaders are planning to announce the closing of the Western Balkan route at European Summit to be held on Monday.

The newspaper claims it has seen a draft of the communiqué which states that the Western Balkan route will immediately shut down and Europe will provide the necessary support to Greece to deal with the refugees and immigrants to be stuck in the country.

The Balkan route through which refugees can cross to northern Europe will close and migrants coming from Turkey will end up trapped in Greece, an Austrian newspaper says.
Der Standard claims it has seen a rough draft of Monday’s official statement that will be announced after the European Union summit with Turkey’s participation on Monday.

According to Der Standard, the draft of the communiqué includes a readmission agreement with Turkey for immigrants who do not qualify for asylum. Also, Europe will ask Turkey to participate directly and constructively in the control of EU external borders in the Aegean Sea.

Moreover, the draft states that the presence of Frontex in Greece will be enhanced, particularly at Greece borders with FYROM and Albania.

Among its responsibilities will be the proper functioning of the hotspots, where refugees will be registered and being prepared for their relocation to other European countries. EU countries should have done more than they have committed to do at this moment by April 1, as it is stated.

Europol will also participate in the process being also responsible for dismantling the trafficking.

According to the Financial Times, the EU’s strategy to end its “migrant crisis” hinges on an effort to persuade Turkey to stop the flow of would-be refugees heading from Turkish shores to Greece. That plan will be the focus of an EU-Turkey summit in Brussels on March 7th. So it is particularly unfortunate that the Turkish government should have chosen the days before the summit to raid and effectively take over the country’s largest opposition news group in an apparent bid to end its critical coverage of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Français:

L’UE fermera la route aux Balkans Occidental et fournira de l’assistance nécessaire pour la  Grèce pour aider des milliers de migrants qui vont être coincés dans le pays.

 

Le journal autrichien Der Standard a révélé que des leaders européens planifient d’annoncer la fermeture de la route balkanique Occidentale au Sommet européen qui aura lieu le lundi 7 Mars 2016.

Tout le week-end, les Vingt-Huit ont négocié la prise de position attendue ce lundi à l’issue du sommet. Le texte discuté- selon Der Standard– mentionnait la fin de « la politique de la porte ouverte » et la « fermeture de la route des Balkans ».

Une issue qui reviendrait – si elle était actée ce lundi – à accepter les restrictions aux frontières opérées par l’Autriche et d’autres pays depuis deux semaines et pourtant critiquées initialement. Cela serait également une façon de reconnaître que la Grèce est appelée à devenir un camp de réfugiés à ciel ouvert puisque ces derniers ne pourraient pas continuer leur chemin vers l’Allemagne ou un autre supposé eldorado. Dimanche, Aléxis Tsípras a mis en garde contre « une Europe de la peur et du racisme supplantant une Europe de la solidarité ». Mais Angela Merkel a souligné que « la Grèce devait avoir créé 50.000 places d’hébergement pour les réfugiés avant la fin 2015 » et que « le retard doit être comblé au plus vite ».

Les Européens devraient insister ce lundi dans l’aide à donner aux Grecs pour gérer les flux de migrants et insister sur l’accélération du processus de relocalisation, qui est pour le moment un échec (voir ci dessous).

 

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