Government Communications Department 8.3.2016 1.47
Press release 98/2016
The meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government with Turkey in Brussels on 7 March discussed measures to manage the migratory flows.
- The discussions on migratory flows between the EU and Turkey made some headway, which will alleviate both parties' burden in the refugee crisis. Greece will be given reinforced support to help in the management of the humanitarian crisis and the control of its external borders. With a view to achieving the comprehensive migration strategy, the European Council will come back to it in March, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä noted.
Turkey confirmed its commitment to accept the return of all irregular migrants coming to Greece who are not in need of international protection. The EU Member States, for their part, promised to accept one Syrian refugee for every Syrian readmitted by Turkey from Greece. Additional funding for assisting the refugees will be granted to Turkey.
Moreover, the premiers agreed on further measures to deepen EU-Turkey relations.
Additionally, the premiers agreed on the following measures:
Inquiries: Kare Halonen, State Secretary, EU Affairs, tel. +358 295 160 315, Jari Haapiainen, Special Adviser (EU Affairs), tel. +358 295 160 406
English translation of the press release published on 9 March 2016