19 Feb 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 19 FEBRUARYBrussels Daily
President Juncker welcomes renewed commitment to European approach to refugee crisis at European Council
Last night, European Heads of State and Government reaffirmed in the European Council that the comprehensive strategy agreed to tackle the refugee crisis “will only bring results if all its elements are pursued jointly and if the institutions and the Member States act together and in full coordination.” Speaking after yesterday’s migration session, President Juncker welcomed the renewed commitment to a coordinated European response to the refugee crisis. The European Council welcomed the Commission Communication of 10 February as an important contribution to the Leaders’ discussion. Leaders recalled the importance of a comprehensive approach to stem the flows, protect the external borders, reduce irregular migration and safeguard the integrity of the Schengen area. The Council Conclusions stressed that all the elements agreed in December should be implemented rapidly, including the decisions on relocation and measures to ensure returns and readmission, and that work should be accelerated on the Commission’s proposal for a European Border and Coast Guard with a view to reaching a political agreement under the Netherlands Presidency and to making the new system operational as soon as possible. A further EU-Turkey Summit is foreseen for March.