The 12 states, including Austria, Greece, Hungary and Poland, describe “A physical barrier” that “An effective measure that serves the interests of the EU as a whole, not just the Member States on the road to migrants”, according to the text of the letter which was analyzed by Bloomberg.
“This legitimate measure should be adequately funded with priority from the EU budget”, the letter sent to Margaritis Schinas, Vice – President of the European Commission, and Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home Affairs, also states.
Romania is the only country in the eastern part of the EU that has not signed the letter.
Lithuania, one of the signatories of the letter, has already decided to build a 508-kilometer-long fence on its border with Belarus to stop an unprecedented wave of migrants hitting Eastern Europe.
The wave of migrants is maintained by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus. The Belarussian government is using migrants as a weapon against the EU, which has imposed drastic sanctions on the country after numerous human rights violations.
The number of migrants in the EU’s SE area is also rising, and the situation in Afghanistan could lead to a new wave.
Ministers in the 12 countries are calling for tougher provisions as the Commission prepares amendments to the Schengen Borders Code. They said there are currently no clear rules on what actions Member States can take in the event of a hybrid attack with a large influx of illegal migrants pushed by a third country.
A Commission spokesman said the EU had received the letter and would respond to it.
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