European Commission to hold urgent meeting on refugee influx

Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker calls leaders of European countries to talk on the Western Balkans refugee flows on Sunday, October 25 in Brussels
12:58, 21 October 2015


New round of talks on refugee crisis resolution at the level of Heads of State or Government of the EU countries was announced by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said in the Comission's statement.

Related: 8,000 refugees arrive to Europe every day - UN

"In view of the unfolding emergency in the countries along the Western Balkans migratory route, there is a need for much greater cooperation, more extensive consultation and immediate operational action. Following discussions with several leaders, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has therefore called a Leaders' Meeting on 25 October to discuss the refugee flows along the Western Balkans route," said in a statement.

Related: Russia: refugees must wait for restoration of the Syrian statehood

The Heads of State or Government of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia as well as the President of the European Council, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees are going to attend the emergency meeting. 

In addition, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex) will also be represented.

Related: European Council approved about €400 mln to deal with the refugee crisis

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