Greece, Spain and Italy are moving to a joint action plan under EU supervision to deal with the wave of migration, Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis told Parliament on Monday night, underlining that the Greek government has already drafted a national plan that will be presented soon.
The plan will be assisted by EU Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, who will meet with ministers of the three countries. Avramopoulos will start in Spain, then Italy before arriving in Athens by the end of the week.
Voutsis said the Coastguard will be operating preventatively, without endangering lives, but without burdening the islands of North and South Aegean Sea. Migrants should not remain on the islands for more than three days before being transported to the mainland; the government was reviewing the option of a dedicated ship picking up migrants off the islands to bring them to the mainland.
Meanwhile, European Council President Donald Tusk has called an emergency EU Summit meeting on Thursday for the migration crisis, with a plan by the European Commission that includes proposals on doubling funding and ships to protect sea borders of the EU.