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Fleckenstein: Serbia is doing more than some EU members

Knut Fleckenstein; Photo: European Union

KANJIZA – Serbia has shown through its treatment of migrants that it is a more European country than some members of the European Union (EU), Knut Fleckenstein of the European Parliament (EP) Foreign Affairs Committee stated on Friday.
Together with Serbian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin, Fleckenstein visited the reception centre in Kanjiza which is almost empty after a long while, just like the Horgos 1 crossing.

He expressed the hope that the EU top tiers would adopt a decision over the next few days concerning the solution to the migrant crisis.

Ahead of his visit to Serbia where he is due to visit several refugee camps, Fleckenstein told the Belgrade-based daily Danas that he is grateful to Serbia for its contribution to the situation with regard to the current crisis.

Serbia is providing very important humanitarian assistance, which alone is more than some EU members are doing, he noted.

In an interview for reporters, Minister Vulin said that Serbia feels the consequences of the migrant crisis most powerfully. If the migrant crisis persists in the same manner as was the case so far, Serbia will be closed from all sides through no blame or guilt of its own, he said.

Vulin said that Horgos 1 crossing on the border with Hungary is closed although there are no reasons for this as there are no more refugees at the site, and added that Croatia has closed down traffic on most of its transport sections towards Serbia.

This is why Serbia’s representatives will have to appeal international courts and organisations in order to protect their economic and other interests, Vulin said.

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