Greece rejected extension of temporary border controls in the EU

Greece voted against the extension of temporary border controls for another three months in five countries, during a meeting of EU ministers in Brussels on Friday.

The vote, presented during a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council on trade, came after a request by Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and non-EU Norway to the European Commission, which then send it to the Council for discussion. The five states reimposed partial border controls last year to stem the flow of migrants travelling through Europe.

Speaking during the meeting, Economy Minister Dimitris Papadimitriou said the proposal in question is based on speculations and doesn’t recognize Greece’s efforts in tackling refugee flows.