(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis was in Brussels, September 15, to participate in the proceedings of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC), focusing on preparations for the European Council slated for 29 and 30 October, in Brussels. The minister briefed her counterparts on the latest harassment – seventh during the course of this year– of another Frontex helicopter by Turkish authorities via radio, stressing that Turkey’s stance is far from constructive, in fact disturbingly interfering in the work of the European Union to tackle illegal migration. Once again, instead of contributing to the solution, “Turkey is breaking its commitments,” said Bakoyannis.
Regarding immigration, Bakoyannis stressed that France, Italy, Malta, Greece, and Cyprus speak with one voice when they refer to the need for the adoption of a European policy dealing with illegal immigration on a deeper level, adding that every time the work of Frontex is impeded, such as in the case of the Turkish harassments, the absence of a solid common policy appears even more acute. Moreover, the minister mentioned that during a meeting with her Bulgarian counterpart (see picture), arrangements were made for the respective Development ministers to meet in order to take bilateral action on environmental concerns related to the Burgas- Alexandroupoli project that need to be addressed. Council of the European Union: General Affairs and External Relations