John Follain, Bloomberg, October 8, 2021
Twelve member states have urged the European Union to pay for countries to build walls to prevent illegal migration, in a letter sent to the bloc’s executive arm.
Ministers from nations including Austria, Greece, Hungary and Poland describe “a physical barrier” as “an effective border measure that serves the interest of the whole EU, not just member states of first arrival,” according to the text of the letter seen by Bloomberg.
The ministers from the 12 countries appeal for tougher provisions as the commission prepares changes to the Schengen Borders Code. They said there are currently no clear rules as to what actions member states can take in case of a hybrid attack with a large inflow of illegal migrants pushed by a third country to exert political pressure.