- The priority is to ensure that decisions taken respect international and EU law, has recognized the Prime Minister, Donald Tusk.
- change returns in block by the “one to one” and would commit to a maximum of relocations of 72,000 refugees in the EU.
- Thousands reject the agreement between the EU and Turkey on the streets.
- Mariano Rajoy go to Brussels with a common position of Parliament.
Community leaders begin Thursday to seek a legal way to close the deal with Turkey on the deportation of refugees and illegal immigrants to this country , after criticism for its dubious compatibility with international and European standards.
the heads of state and Government will try to establish a common position before negotiating the final agreement on Friday with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, with special attention to the possible emergence of alternative routes of arrival in the European Union (EU) after the closure of the Western Balkans.
“There is still much to do,” acknowledged the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, who led the negotiations of the last 10 days of the draft agreement of 7 March with Turkey, and traveled to Nicosia and Ankara this week to pave the way for the agreement. According to Tusk, the “absolute priority” is to ensure that the decisions taken respect international law and EU.
United Nations and numerous humanitarian organizations have warned that the agreement in principle with Ankara would be against the rules for asylum because, as was stated, involves the massive return of people regardless of who may be entitled to protection, as well as his transfer to Turkey , it is not clear that it is really “a safe third country”.
Spain, meanwhile, has described as “unacceptable” the draft agreement and has said it will reject collective expulsions of refugees. The most contentious issue of the draft agreement is the return to Turkey of all new irregular migrants (including asylum seekers) arriving to Greece, and acceptance by legal means of a Syrian in the EU for each deported, the mechanism called “one by one”. Up to 72,000.
In return, Ankara requests additional 3,000 million euros , forward to June visa liberalization and accelerate the process of accession to the Union, demand that rejects Cyprus for the occupation of the northern part of the island by that country.
the deportation of people will have to be made on the basis of individual interviews to see case by case, and the mechanism “one one “having a” temporary and extraordinary “and be replaced by a way of resettlement voluntary and legal to the EU, admitted Community sources.
they also said that the system should be “voluntary”, while recognizing that it may be linked to incentives such as “discounts” on commitments relocation assumed by the Twenty-eight (160,000 people in two years) also with a logic “one by one”.
in terms of opening chapters of the accession process of Turkey to the EU in Brussels recognize that the “matter is difficult” by the strong position of Cyprus and the “goal it is not to derail the negotiations for the reunification “of the island. On the possibility that Turkish citizens can travel visas without the EU since June, it all depends on how fast Ankara meets the 72 requirements that are pending.