World Bulletin / News Desk
Speaking to reporters in the Slovak capital Bratislava after an informal EU summit, European Council President Donald Tusk said millions of Europeans felt insecure.
“People are concerned about what they see as a lack of control, and express fears of migration, terrorism… and, last but not least, about the economic and social future,” he said.
Tusk argued that a new roadmap drafted by his office and backed by EU leaders Friday would guide discussions over the next six months.
“[We would] never to allow a return to uncontrolled refugee flows of last year and to ensure full control of our external borders to get back to Schengen,” he stressed.
“We are determined to continue … cooperation with Turkey and the Western Balkans, but also to establish migration compacts with African countries,” he added.
The four-page Bratislava Declaration and Roadmap identified key priorities and laid down various measures to improve internal and external security, as well as economic and social development in the EU.
EU members pledged “immediate assistance” for Bulgaria to strengthen border patrols along the Turkish frontier to stop irregular refugee flows.
The document proposed the creation of a Travel Information and Authorization System to allow advance checks on travelers coming to Europe, and suggested denying entry to suspect persons when deemed necessary.
It also called for systematic efforts in EU states against radicalization and proposed a more thorough approach to expelling radicals from European countries.