Romania wants better controls at EU borders

Romania wants better controls at EU borders

Bucharest, November 11, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Irina Stoica

Stronger control at the external EU borders and close cooperation with both home countries and transit countries are needed in order to control refugee flows. It’s the view expressed by Romanian president Klaus Iohannis just before his departure to Malta, who is hosting an EU-Africa Summit on migration.

“We need a support mechanism for African countries so as to get to control and contain such migration”, Iohannis told journalists at a news conference today. “An overall approach will be in focus. We will discuss strengthening control at EU’s external borders, managing refugee inflows and the so-called hot spots, places where refugees are received and registered”, Iohannis said.

Romania is a strong supporter of rigorous border checking and the president pointed out that no specific issues have emerged in Romania until now. He added that Romania believes close cooperation with both home countries and transit countries is needed in order to control refugee flows.

“The countries of origin need support and pacification, while transit countries need intense cooperation to help them manage and contain in their turn the refugee flows. Romania agrees to get involved in all these measures. It believes that the external borders of the EU should be strengthened, and I do not mean here Romania’s borders, because they operate very well, but the borders through which the flow comes into Europe”, Iohannis concluded.