Cyprus and Austria will submit specific proposals next week on issues of cooperation with third countries, on issues of migrant returns and voluntary relocation, announced on Friday by Minister of Interior, Nicos Nouris.
He was speaking after a meeting in Vienna with his counterpart Gerhard Karner.
During their meeting, the two reviewed the current situation regarding the migrant issue as both countries are among the top European Union member states in terms of receiving asylum seekers. They also agreed on a series of issues and initiatives.
Nouris also said that they discussed issues of common interest ahead of the forthcoming informal EU Interior Ministers’ Council meeting in Stockholm. These include the issues which remain pending since the New European Pact on migration and asylum.
The Cypriot Minister said they emphasized the need for significant interventions by the European Commission and that next week they will submit specific suggestions on how to cooperate with third countries, on the issue of returns and voluntary relocation.
Additionally, he said they agreed on cooperation between Cyprus and Austria on the interoperability of security systems for external borders and entry criteria, which will be pursued in the coming weeks.