If it does not improve control of its borders and reception of migrants, Greece could be faced with a suspension from the free movement Schengen area.
According to the Financial Times, the threat has been made to the Greek government by several EU officials including Luxembourg’s foreign minister Jean Asselborn, whose country holds the EU rotating presidency.
EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels Thursday (3 December) are expected to ask for more measures from Greece to control the flow of refugees to Europe, improve registration, and step up cooperation with the EU.
The European Commission is also concerned by the humanitarian situation in Greece, especially on islands where migrants arrive from Turkey.
According to Belgium’s Le Soir, health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis wrote a letter to commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in which he describes appalling conditions on Lesbos island, with no emergency care and with babies dying of hypothermia.
EPP Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban also said in September that EU countries should be able to manage Greek borders if necessary.
“If the Greeks are not able to defend their own borders, we should let the other countries of the EU defend the Greek border,” he said at an EU summit.
Socialist Slovak PM Robert Fico also called last week to expel Greece from the Schengen area.
“We just cannot put up with a member country that has openly given up on safeguarding the Schengen area borders,” he said at a parliamentary hearing.
Full article: Report: Greece threatened with Schengen suspension (euobserver)