The competent ministers of Greece, Bulgaria and Romania met in Athens on Wednesday focusing on the problem of illegal migration and decided to call for greater EU assistance while intensifying the pressures exerted on Turkey and the countries from where the majority of illegal migrants originate.

Citizen Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis, Bulgaria’s Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and Romania’s Home Minister Constantin Traian Igas addressed a letter to their Turkish counterpart inviting him to a meeting at the borders shared by Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey to discuss the illegal migration issue. 

The three ministers decided to request the participation of FRONTEX in the repatriation of illegal migrants and adopt a number of measures and joint actions on issues concerning migration, asylum and organized crime.

They also agreed to reinforce cross-border cooperation, while Papoutsis expressed Greece’s support to Bulgaria’s and Romania’s bid to join the Schengen zone.