EU interior minister gathered in Luxemburg today to discuss a deal agreed to by Germany, France, Italy and Malta, regarding the taking in of migrants trying to enter the EU via the Mediterranean.
Going into Tuesday’s talks in Luxemburg Croatia’s Interior Minister Davor Božinović said that for Croatian the issue was not just about stopping illegal migration and human trafficking, but also about meeting the criteria for joining the Schengen Border Area. Croatia is pushing to join the border scheme by 2020.
Earlier in the month Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that he had received a firm guarantee from outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that Croatia would receive a positive evaluation of its bid to join the border regime.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer explained the basic details behind the proposal. "We are proposing that when a ship carrying migrants appears on the Italian or Maltese coast, that other countries are prepared to take them in. Saving people from drowning and the fight against the criminals transporting them is at the very foundations of Europe."
However, numerous EU countries have balked at the idea of being forced by Brussels to take in illegal immigrants. Among the countries leading the opposition to the proposal are Hungary and Poland.