Juncker convenes leaders’ meeting on refugee situation

EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called a Leadersʼ Meeting on October 25 to discuss the refugee flows along the Western Balkans route, the European Commission said in an announcement posted on its website today.

“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,” the announcement says.

According to the announcement, the objective of the meeting will be to agree to a common operational procedure which could be implemented immediately.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been invited to the meeting along with heads of state of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

The President of the European Council, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have also been invited to attend this Leadersʼ Meeting, the statement said, adding that 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.

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