Amid the continuous influx of migrants and refugees, 950,000 of which have arrived in Europe through the sea in 2015, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reports that the EU will update its members on a new set of policies they must adhere to, during Thursday and Friday’s summit in Brussels.
According to Kathimerini, member-states must improve in the following areas by February’s EU summit:
- The enhanced protection of the Schengen Area’s external borders, through security checks via a database and the detection of forged documents.
- The creation of proper reception centres, a timeline for the creation of new hotspots, and assurance that Frontex and the European Asylum Support Office have the proper. equipment and know-how as part of the larger effort to combat hotspot shortages.
- Enforce proper fingerprint registration.
- Adhere to decisions reached on re-locations, with the potential of including in the agreement new countries that face migrant and refugee flows.
- The return of people who do not qualify for support to their homelands.
- Increase efforts against human trafficking.
- The member states must also follow through with assisting West Balkan countries with the registration process, upholding the Valetta Treaty and the agreement between the EU and Turkey.
- Implement the relocation agreement.