They are citing the continent’s growing refugee crisis as the perfect excuse to execute the unprecedented military operation, which would comprise of a “civil-police-military mission” to kick out illegal immigrants.
Austria and its Balkans neighbours are calling for the creation of an EU military force, which would be deployed to Europe’s external borders to help kick out migrants.
Austria and its Balkans neighbours are calling for the creation of an EU military force
Austria’s defence minister Hans Peter Doskozil today warned the EU needed an auxiliary force to put an end to the growing crisis.
Mr Doskozil explained the EU troops would register asylum seekers in Greece or send them back because the EU’s civilian border agency is working “too slow”.
EU countries will let in one Syrian direct from camps in Turkey in return for every Syrian returned
Austria alongside EU members Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Croatia will now send a joint letter detailing the proposal to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini ahead of a crunch meeting about the migrant crisis on April 19.
EU troops would register asylum seekers in Greece or send them back
Vienna fears new routes could now develop through Bulgaria or Albania, whilst Mediterranean crossings to Italy from Libya will resume in the spring and summer when waters are calmer.
If the plan is put into action it would be the first ever time that the EU has deployed its own forces within the 28-nation bloc.
The latest remarks adds to a growing number of voices calling for the EU to dispatch troops to Greece to combat the spiralling migrant crisis.
“Therefore we suggest finding joint solutions in cooperation with ministries of foreign affairs and internal affairs.”
An Austrian government spokesman added: “It would be an EU military mission to implement the decisions of the European Council quickly.
“Frontex must hire 4,000 staff. One can imagine it will take a while before Frontex has that many staff.
“The minister is therefore saying ‘Why don’t we deploy the military to bridge the gap until Frontex is operational?’
Others said the proposal served as a warning about the consequences of staying with Brussels ahead of the EU referendum.
The troops would help enforce the new EU-Turkey plan which is supposed to begin on April 4.
EU countries will let in one Syrian direct from camps in Turkey in return for every Syrian returned from Greece, with priority given to those who have not tried to enter Europe illegally before.
However, the plan has hit a hitch after Greece, which is furious at the border restrictions led by Austria, failed to show up at this week’s meeting.
Greece is sheltering around 43,000 refugees and migrants and more continued to arrive this week despite the deal to return illegal migrants to Turkey.
Meanwhile, hundreds of migrants on the Greek island of Chios ripped down the razor wire fence surrounding their dentention centre earlier today and began walking to the port in protest, according to security officials.
More than 1,500 migrants and refugees who arrived on Chios since mid-March were being held at the facility.