Juncker calls leaders’ meeting on refugee flows along the Western Balkans route

Juncker calls leaders’ meeting on refugee flows along the Western Balkans route

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called a leaders’ meeting in Brussels on Sunday on refugee flows along the Western Balkans route.

A press release by the EC says that “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, President Juncker has therefore called the meeting to be held at the level of Heads of State or Government, which will take place on Sunday 25 October 2015 in Brussels, followed by a working dinner at the European Commission Berlaymont Headquarters.

The objective of the meeting will be to agree common operational conclusions which could be immediately implemented.
Attending the leaders` meeting are the Heads of State or Government 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 meeting.

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, the press release says.