EU, Balkan countries agree to cooperate on migrant crisis

The leaders of the countries affected on the refugee and migrant route through the Western Balkans have agreed a series to measures in cooperating to tackle the crisis.

An emergency summit called by the European Union Commission saw the countries agree to bolster the EU’s border force Frontex and provide police officers for the hardest hit areas.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met the leaders of nine countries at the centre of the migrant crisis.

The governments pledged to work together and agreed on a 17-point action plan under which 100,000 people will be granted United Nations-aided accommodation.

“Countries affected should therefore talk to each other. Neighbours should work together along the route,” a joint statement from the 11 governments said.

“We have made very clear that the policy of simply waving people through must be stopped,” said Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission.

Merkel urged the countries to find a humane solution to the problem with the looming threat of winter and stressed the need to continue negotiations with Turkey.