BELGRADE – The ambassadors and representatives of the five most influential countries of the EU in Belgrade are very concerned about Serbia’s “unwillingness” to alleviate the situation it found itself in because of the large influx of migrants from war-torn areas.
They are asking Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic to urgently mobilize all available forces so Belgrade would make a plan and sequence of steps to mitigate problems that may escalate. Measures that Serbia should fulfill were suggested, Serbian daily “Danas” learned from diplomatic sources.
Some of the conclusions of the meeting of the representatives of the most influential countries of the EU in Belgrade, which was urgently held on Monday, are that Serbia is completely unprepared for the mitigation and resolution of the problem it faces, that Belgrade authorities must urgently understand the situation they are in, that the problem with asylum seekers and migrants is getting the proportions of a serious humanitarian disaster, and recommended were measures that would allow Serbia to, if it conducts them, alleviate some of the emerging problems.
The conclusions and recommendations will be presented to Vucic upon his return from Brussels, and the next meeting of the ambassadors could be organized on Thursday. Representatives of the EU expressed full understanding for Serbia at the meeting, but added that Serbia must urgently mobilise and understand the situation it is in.
As reported, they concluded that the problem with asylum seekers is getting proportions of a serious humanitarian disaster, with tendency to worsen, that Serbia is completely unprepared to solve this problem, that for now there is no solution for this problem or the one with Macedonia, or in the relationship with Hungary, whose Prime Minister announced placing a wire fence at the entire length of the border with Serbia, that the problem will get worse because Serbia could soon become the destination country, and not transit, as it was until now in most of the cases.
Sources also claim that a package of measures was offered, with a condition that Serbia should fulfill at least some of the obligations in the field, such as clearer legal framework, strengthening of the capacity of the Ministry of Interior and other authorities involved in the care of migrants and asylum seekers, but also the beginning of the construction of serious accommodation capacities.
A member of the permanent delegation of the National Assembly in the Parliament of the Council of Europe Zarko Obradovic met the members of the Committee for migrations, refugees and displaced persons with sharp increase in the number of migrants arriving to Serbia and noted that Serbia has accepted more than 30,000 migrants and provided them with food, clothing and necessary medical assistance in reception centers.
“They come to Serbia from EU countries, Bulgaria and Greece, through Macedonia,” said Obradovic. He told MPs in the European Parliament that the number of migrants exceeds the possibilities of Serbia and urged the Council of Europe and the EU to support and help Serbia, who shares European values and wants to participate in the solution of this common problem.