European Union will ‘start falling apart’ if no quick action on migrants: Slovenia

European Union will 'start falling apart' if no quick action on migrants: Slovenia

The summit also agreed to tighten controls on the Greek-Macedonian border to ensure people trying to cross would be registered.

Greece complained that Turkey was not invited to theBrussels meeting of 11 leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bloomberg Business reports.

On top of that, countries like Slovenia, which has a relatively small population of only 2 million people, saw 60,000 new migrants enter the country over the last week.

European Union and Balkan leaders may have agreed a new plan at the weekend to tackle the refugee crisis but in the meantime the steady flow of migrants continues.

European Union members Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania andSlovenia were among those attending the Brussels summit.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said a solution was urgently needed or thousands of Syrian refugee families facing winter temperatures on the hillsides and river banks of Eastern Europe would die. An additional 50,000 places will be established by the countries along the Western Balkan route, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

In recent days thousands of migrants and refugees have arrived in Slovenia but all they can do is wait to be taken to a reception centre.

“Countries affected should not only talk about and at each other but also with each other”.

The reception places, to be provided with the help of the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR, will be vital to providing shelter, registering the migrants and helping better manage the flows, he said.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was unrepentant, describing his country as an “observer” in the crisis since the border closures and saying he had no advice to give other leaders.

Commenting on how the crisis had been dealt with so far, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said: “This is not the European way”.

They also committed to “discouraging” the movement of migrants toward their neighbours’ borders without asking those countries first.

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic called Mr Juncker’s plan “frivolous and unrealistic”.

Almost 250,000 people have passed through the Balkans on their way to Western Europe since mid-September.

Slovenia is seeking help after becoming the main entry point into the Schengen zone when Hungary sealed its southern borders with coils of razor wire. “There was no co-operation whatsoever between the police officers and we agreed that we need to exchange information at the level of the relevant ministries, but even at the level of governments in order to be prepared to handle this migrant and refugee inflow”, said Ivanov.

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