Southern countries call for more effective EU response to migration

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 15.1.2018 16:43

Heads of seven South European countries - Cyprus, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain - at a summit in Rome on 10 January, presented a common declaration ahead of the full March EU summit in Brussels, in which they pledge to improve the EU's common migration policy. French President Emmanuel Macron especially urged Europe to redouble its efforts to tackle the migration crisis, as France faces a record increase in asylum applications.

The main themes of the summit were migration, as well as security and the eurozone. This was the fourth meeting of the group of states called the "Club Med" launched by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in September 2016. The countries agreed that they face the main consequences of migratory waves across the Mediterranean and called on the EU to contribute to the protection of the southern borders, especially with the fight against poverty on the African continent. EU citizens should also comment more on the EU policy to stand up against populism. However, their appeal to share the burden of migration among all EU Member States is facing incessant reluctance of the Visegrad Group countries.

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