Interior minister: Germany and Estonia agree on steps in migration crisis

Andres Anvelt.
Andres Anvelt. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt (SDE) met with his German counterpart, Thomas de Maizière in Berlin on Wednesday to discuss issues related to the migration crisis.

According to Anvelt, Germany and Estonia agree on the steps to be taken to deal with the migration crisis, both in terms of sending refugees back to their countries of origin and increasing the use of IT solutions to cope with the situation.

The European Union needed to get its policies to work, Anvelt said. The authorities needed the necessary tools to defend Europe's population against any people posing any kind of threat.

The ministers also agreed that the solution to the European migration crisis depends on third countries, and that specific steps were necessary for example in terms of the EU's visa policy to make cooperation with those countries more effective.

Estonia faced a great task with the upcoming presidency of the EU council, Anvelt and de Maizière agreed. Currently achieving any kind of compromise was difficult also within the union, and issuing joint declarations was no longer enough.

“The citizens of the European Union are tired of declarations. The time for declarations has passed, now we need to act, and act quickly,” Anvelt said.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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