Solidarity with Greece required by EU treaties, Gozi says

'Legally binding principle,' undersecretary adds

(ANSA) - Brussels, February 16 - Greece will be helped to overcome problems controlling the influx of migrants and refugees across its external borders in conformity with the solidarity demanded by European treaties, Undersecretary for European Affairs Sandro Gozi said Tuesday. "When a country is in particular difficulty, not a kind heart but the (European) treaties demand solidarity with that country," Gozi said in reference to last Friday's ultimatum by EU member states to Athens to clean up its act on migrants or effectively face exclusion from the Schengen passport-free area.
    "This is a legally binding principle and it is a principle that we have always applied, for Greece and for other countries," he continued.


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