Greece’s borders to remain open until March 6

21 February 2016
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Upon the completion of European Council’s meeting, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that “it was a difficult meeting” on two very important issues, ‘Brexit’ and refugee crisis.

The meeting with the European leaders gave the opportunity to Alexis Tsipras to ask for joint actions in solving the problems, while he also stressed the need for solidarity and co-responsibility since Greece has borne the biggest part of the refugee crisis.

Mr. Tsipras also stated that the member states would cooperate so as the borders will remain open, and that the agreement with Turkey on stemming the refugee flow would be honored.

Mr. Tsipras was reassured that the status quo on the borders of Europe would remain and that the possibility of expelling Greece from the Schengen zone was ruled out.

Given the above reassurances, Greece signed the Britain’s agreement. Mr. Tsipras also wished British Prime Minister David Cameron good luck on the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union stressing also that David Cameron secured “a package of less Europe” for his voters.

Asked by journalist reporter on whether European partners gave any promise to Greek prime minister on the program review, Tsipras stressed that all sides said that “the program review must be completed as soon as possible”.
According to the conclusions of the European Council’s meeting on migration, halting refugee flows towards Europe, protecting external borders and ensuring integrity of the Schengen area are the main aims of the European Union.

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