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Vaidere: Greece has proven its inability to fulfil its duties as an EU member state

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe European Commission has found that Greece does fulfil its duties as a Schengen Area member states in regards to border security. «Greece has proved once again that it is unable to fulfil its duties as a member of the European Union. This time Greece has failed to properly control the flow of migrants from Turkey,» – said MEP Inese Vaidere.

«Unless Greece starts seriously guarding its external borders, it may be necessary to move the external borders of the Schengen Area and temporarily exclude Greece from it,» – noted Vaidere, reminding that EU has allocated additional finances to help Greece and Italy guard their borders and monitor the flow of migrants more effectively in 2016.

The MEP is certain – in order to preserve the European Union and the Schengen Area in these trying times, it is necessary to strictly control external borders and put more effort into protecting them – both financially and physically.

Vaidere also notes that approximately only one-third of illegal immigrants are Syrian war refugees, all other people arriving in Europe are economic migrants. On top of that, there may even be terrorists among those people. Because of that, it is vital to prevent migrants from entering Europe uncontrollably. All arrivals should be properly registered. People unfit to be given refugee status should be sent back to their home countries. «Strict control of arriving migrants and sending back unwanted people is the right signal to those potential economic migrants who may be planning to take on the dangerous road to Europe. The open-doors principle will only make things worse,» – added Vaidere.

European Commission notes that Greece does not perform sufficient control of its borders and the flow of migrants who pass through the country deeper into Europe. Greek border control institutions do not perform effective identification of migrants, fingerprints of those people are not added to security databases nearly as often as they should be and authorities often do not properly check the authenticity of travelling documents. Greek authorities are expected to fix these flaws. Otherwise the European Commission may extend border control measures along Schengen Area borders for two years, as opposed to the current six-month period. Leaders of some EU member states have even voiced the proposal to exclude Greece from the Schengen Area.


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