Migrant crisis dominates as EU holds final summit of 2015
Written by Taiwo Adediran on December 17, 2015
Germany and several other nations are to discuss with Turkey ways of settling thousands of Syrian refugees ahead of the final EU summit of the year. Those attending the meeting will discuss a proposal to resettle Syrians straight from camps in Turkey.
The resettlement proposal would see EU countries accept Syrian refugees directly from Turkey under a voluntary scheme. It is hoped the plan will stop people making the dangerous sea journey to Greece and will be more palatable for EU members than obligatory quotas.
Today’s EU summit in Brussels is set to focus heavily on the migrant crisis which has divided members.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the driving force behind the plans, faces resistance from other EU states as she’s taking the lead trying to work out ways to admit Syrian refugees straight from camps in Turkey.
The wider EU summit will discuss European Commission plans to create an EU coast guard, and other ways to strengthen external borders. The fight against terrorism is also expected to dominate the summit after it emerged that at least two of the Paris attackers used the migrant route to travel to France.
The summit will also discuss British efforts to renegotiate its membership of the EU before holding a referendum, by the end of 2017, on whether to say or leave