Von der Leyen: EU will not fund "barbed wire and walls"

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The European Union will not fund barbed wire and barbed wire at the border to prevent the arrival of migrants, as required by twelve countries, including Lithuania and Austria, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

"I am very clear that there is a long-standing common position of the Commission and the European Parliament, that there will be no funding for barbed wire and walls," said the head of the European executive, at the end of the summit of the 27 in Brussels. , where the issue was discussed.

Interior ministers from 12 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and the Czech Republic, Slovakia) wrote to the Commission on 7 October asking the EU to finance the construction of fences. tilla.

"A physical barrier seems to be an effective border protection measure, which serves the interests of the whole EU, not just the front-line member states," they argued, reports ATS.

Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson later responded that countries had "the opportunity and the right to build fences, but if we had to use limited European funds to finance the construction of fences instead of things other equally important, this is another issue ", she enough to explain.

Poland, like Lithuania, has begun building a barbed wire fence on part of its border with Belarus.

Hungary, for its part, raised this type of barrier on the border with Serbia and Croatia (an EU member state but not in Schengen) during the 2015 migration crisis.

Slovenia did the same with Croatia.