Saturday, September 17, 2016

Millions of Europeans not feeling safe: Donald Tusk

Millions of Europeans don't feel safe at the moment, European Council President Donald Tusk said after the informal EU summit on Friday.

"People have concerns of what's going on and of insufficient control. They're afraid of migration, terrorism and of their own economic future. We must remove imperfections from the past. We won't continue as we have until now," said Tusk.

Tusk further stressed that the European Union can't tolerate an uncontrolled influx of migrants, and it should focus on full control of its borders, as well as cooperating with Turkey and countries of the Western Balkans and pursuing contacts with African countries.

The Union will support its member countries in guaranteeing their internal security, while the exchange of information between individual countries must be intensified, in addition to providing a boost to European cooperation in external security and defence, he said.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker highlighted that European leaders have agreed on contributing significantly to safeguarding the Bulgarian border with Turkey. This will include financial aid in total amount of 108 million euros (121 million U.S. dollars), personnel and equipment support, according to Juncker.

Bratislava Summit approved a road map, which brings the way how will EU tackle several challenges such as migration, terrorism, and economic and social insecurity. EU member states will further bring down the number of irregular migrants and ensure full control of the bloc's external borders.

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