Twelve European Union countries, in a letter to the European Commission, urged the bloc to pay money to member states to build walls to prevent illegal immigration, while Al-Arabiya and the Al-Hadath correspondent reported that the European Commission has officially refused to fund the construction of walls within the borders of the union.
And the Bloomberg agency reported on Friday that ministers from countries including Austria, Greece, Hungary and Poland have described the establishment of a “physical barrier” as an effective border measure, in the interests of of the European Union, not just of the member states of the bloc.
“This legitimate measure must be funded in addition and adequately by the EU budget as a priority,” reads the text of the letter they sent to Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home Affairs.
Lithuania, one of the countries that signed the letter, has already decided to build a 508-kilometer fence on its border with Belarus, to stop an unprecedented wave of migrants flocking to the Eastern European Union.
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Neighboring Latvia has unveiled a similar plan to build a 134-kilometer-long barbed wire fence on its border with Belarus.
Lithuanian and EU officials said the arrivals were part of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s strategy to respond to EU sanctions against his government following the suppression of pro-democracy opposition, but Lukashenko denies the claims.
Ministers from 12 countries are calling for stricter provisions, while the committee prepares changes to the Schengen border law, and said there are currently no clear rules on what member states can take in the event large influx of illegal immigrants caused by political pressure from a third country. .
A Commission spokesperson said the EU had received the letter and would respond to it, adding that EU funds were only available for integrated border management systems.