Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis said that the refugees and migration issue was never so urgent as today, while announcing that he was to attend the extraordinary meeting of the European Council to focus on finding solutions to the migration crisis.
“The war, the dictatorships and massive corruption force people from many of our world’s countries to leave their villages and towns and live in exile. Traffickers of all kinds promise to take them to the free countries, where they won’t suffer from persecutions any longer. Never before was the refugees and migration problem so bad as it is today and, that’s why, tomorrow I intend to participate in the extraordinary meeting of the European Council to focus on finding solutions to the migration crisis,” Iohannis wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk called an extraordinary meeting of the European Council this Thursday on migratory pressures in the Mediterranean coming from North Africa.
“The situation in the Mediterranean Sea is dramatic. It cannot continue like this. We cannot accept that hundreds of people die when trying to cross the sea to Europe. This is why I have decided to call an extraordinary European Council meeting this Thursday,” says Tusk in a YouTube post.
According to Agerpres, the EU national leaders will focus on how to better help the EU member states most affected and how to step up their cooperation with the countries of origin and transit.
The meeting will build on the discussions of a council meeting on April 20 in Luxembourg of foreign ministers and justice and home affairs ministers.
“The situation in the Mediterranean [Sea] concerns not only the countries in our southern neighbourhood; it concerns all of us, all of Europe,” adds Tusk.
Tusk’s decision follows a call by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for an urgent meeting of the European Union national leaders in the wake of a shipwreck at the weekend that left 900 dead, if reporting proves correct. Each day, between 500 and 1000 migrants are rescued by Italy’s Coast Guard and commercial ships as they try to swim the sea into Europe.