President Dalia Grybauskaitė

The EU must implement its decisions

2016-02-18

Thursday, February 18, Brussels – President Dalia Grybauskaitė is attending an EU summit in Brussels which focuses on the implementation of the decisions already taken to deal with the migration crisis and future actions to stem the flow of migrants into the European Union.

“Europe has decided on a number of measures to contain the migration crisis and we must turn them into action. There is no need for plan B. We will cope with the situation only when we start implementing what has already been agreed,” the President said.

According to the President, the European Union must protect its external borders, instead of raising internal walls. It is necessary to eliminate the deficiencies in external border control and to establish a European border and coastguard agency. Europe must also demonstrate very clearly that the incomers cannot dictate their own rules. Asylum seekers cannot themselves choose the country of asylum. Asylum must be granted only to those who arrive with genuine documents, register at centers for the registration of refugees and stay in the EU country where they have arrived first.

Fighting criminal networks is also among the issues discussed at the European Council meeting. All available measures must be used to crack down on those who profit from people smuggling, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said. Lithuania supports NATO’s decision to help counter human trafficking.

Another focal point for discussion is working together with Turkey through which the majority of refugees travel to reach Europe. According to the President, it is necessary to implement the EU-Turkey agreement aimed at stemming migratory flows.

Europe needs well operating registration hotspots. Half of those necessary are not working. Only 500 refugees have been resettled out of a total of 160 thousand that EU members agreed to relocate.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2016.02.18 22:16

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