EU states vow faster steps on migrant crisis
10 November 2015, Nirapad News: European Union interior ministers agreed Monday to deliver quicker on their promises for tackling the migration crisis as EU president Luxembourg called for averting a “humanitarian catastrophe” with winter approaching.
Monday’s extraordinary meeting came ahead of a special EU-Africa summit in Malta on Wednesday, focused on how to reduce the flow via Libya, a key migrant route after Turkey and the Balkans.
EU member states have come under fire from the commission, the 28-nation bloc’s executive, for taking too long to act on pledges to tighten external borders, set up centres to process migrants, and relocate asylum seekers from overstretched Italy and Greece.
But their interior ministers pledged to move faster on those fronts as well as accelerate the building of shelters up through the western Balkans route from Greece, where migrants land after the dangerous sea crossing from Turkey.