EU Governments Agree To Pursue Common European Approach to Migration CrisisEU | February 19, 2016, Friday // 16:19| views
The heads of government of EU member states meeting in Brussels have expressed their determination to pursue European solutions to the refugee crisis rather than unilateral actions.
"We have agreed unanimously that our approach must be European and that national solo efforts are not advisable,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday following discussions on the migration crisis in Europe at the European Council Summit, according to a European Commission statement.
The EU government leaders have also reaffirmed their commitment to the relocation scheme proposed by the Commission last year. The scheme provides for a fair distribution of asylum-seekers across the European Union and relieves some of the pressure on those countries receiving most refugees.
The European Council has also confirmed the crucial role of Turkey in tackling the worst migration crisis in Europe since WWII and called for full and rapid implementation of the EU-Turkey Action Plan agreed in November last year, in order to curb migration flows into the EU.
"We have confirmed that there is no alternative to good, intelligent and proper cooperation with Turkey," Juncker said, speaking after Thursday's session of the European Coincil.
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