BRUSSELS - The European Commission presented Wednesday proposals for a tighter border control in Europe following an influx of refugees from North Africa.
"It is clear that the EU needs strong common asylum and migration policy. This has only become more evident in recent months, in view of the historic events taking place in North Africa," EU Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom, told a news conference.
She said the EU must offer a haven to those in need of protection, and at the same time show solidarity both with the countries in North Africa which are currently sheltering the vast bulk of the migrants from Libya, as well as with those of our Member States faced with the greatest influx of migrants arriving by sea. "And this means setting up migration and mobility partnerships with non-EU countries so that we can work together. We must keep these long-term goals in mind also when dealing with the more urgent needs resulting from the turbulence in North Africa", said Malmstrom, She noted that recent events have also triggered concerns about the functioning of the passport-free travel Schengen system. "The free movement of people across European borders is a major achievement which must not be reversed, but rather strengthened," she stressed.
France and Italy have called on the EU to revise the Schengen Treaty to deal with illegal migration. (KUNA)