Sixteen leaders out of the EU 28 rushed to Brussels on Sunday afternoon, following an invitation by the European Commission spoken on behalf of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Aim of the emergency mini summit that turned into a medium size summit was to seek ways for common solution on Migration.
At the end of Sunday they had agreed that they cannot agree on an overall solution of the problem, which is right now a problem between Merkel and his sister coalition party Bavarian CSU, as the Bavarian party demands stricter controls at the borders and claims the right to push away migrants trying to enter Bavaria in South Germany.
Merkel had arrived at European Commission headquarters stressing the need for “bilateral or trilateral agreements,” in the absence of a broader consensus among all 28 EU nations, which she plainly declared did not yet exist.
“Wherever possible we want to find European solutions, where this is not possible we want to bring those who are willing together and develop a common framework for action,” Merkel said as she left the summit.
Other leaders were more blunt about the lack of any concrete outcome.
- Spain Pedro Sanchez: “Everyone agreed on the need to have a European vision.”
Germany Angela Merkel: “We all agree that we have to stop illegal immigration and that we have to secure our borders, and that we are all responsible for all topics. It can’t be that some countries only care about primary migration, and others about secondary migration.”
Italia Giuseppe Conte, arrived declaring he would deliver a “completely new proposal,” left without addressing the press.
“A completely new Italian proposal based on the new resolution paradigm to solve the migration issue. It’s called the European Multi-Level Strategy for Migration, articulated on six premises and ten objectives. It’s aimed at proposing a timely regulation and management policy to control migration flows that is truly effective and sustainable.”
The new proposal demands EU member states accept their share of economic migrants entering the bloc through Italian shares or face a reduction of EU money.
Other leaders said his proposal, which focused on easing the burden of frontier countries, was well-received but would require more study.
Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, lending support to Italy as a fellow frontier country, urged leaders to recognize that secondary movement — in which asylum seekers cross internal EU borders after making their initial application — is not a concern for Greece. “Our northern borders are unilaterally closed,” he said inside the meeting, according to a Greek official.
Belgium Charles Michel: “What is important for Belgium are controlling the external borders of the European Union. This is a prerequisite to safe the free movement of people in the Schengen zone. The second important point today is to make clear what the potential conditions are for hotspots and reception centers in line with international law. The third point is that it is very important to get an agreement on Dublin to guarantee solidarity and responsibility.