01 November 2016
A recent statement by the Salzburg Forum, a central European security initiative, emphasises that the "unprecedented and uncontrolled migratory flow along the Eastern Mediterranean-Western Balkans route, which Europe has faced over the last two years, must not be repeated in the future." The "priority goals" for achieving this are findings ways to "strengthen the migration management and the control of the EU external border," and ensuring "the full implementation of the EU-Turkey statement."
See: NOTE from: Czech Delegation to: Council: Salzburg Forum Ministerial Conference, Prague (Czech Republic), 3-4 November 2016 (14274/16, 11 November 2016, pdf)
The statement, issued following a Ministerial Conference in Prague at the beginning of November, also comments on information sharing and counter-terrorism, cross-border searches for missing children and reducing the availability of drug precursors.
The Salzburg Forum is made up of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. There is also a group of "friends" made up of the Western Bakans states and Moldova. The European Commission, the European Asylum Support Agency, Europol and Frontex were also present at the meeting.
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