The Commission of the European Union (EU) has told Greece that it has three months to come into compliance with its system of registering and processing migrants, or its borders will be sealed and migrants will be forced to remain where they landed.
The new Commission report, signed by Federica Mogherini and Frans Timmermans, demands that Athens act immediately to “regain control of its borders” to prevent migrant flight to central and Northern Europe.
The latest decision by the European Commission represents the culmination of growing frustration with Greece’s handling of the migrant crisis, with Commission officials already accusing Athens last month of having “seriously neglected” its duty to protect the bloc’s external borders.
In what seems an impossible request, Greece is being asked to recover the hundreds of thousands of migrants that have entered Europe through its territory and then disappeared into northern Europe, particularly into Sweden and Germany. Reports suggest that if the EU carries out its threat, Greece would be converted into “an open-air refugee camp.”