Over lunch, ministers discussed cooperation with Turkey in the presence of the Turkish Deputy Minister of Interior.
Klaas Dijkhoff, Minister for Migration of the Netherlands said: "We can solve this crisis if all member states are ready to work together, as well as work with the countries on the Western Balkan route and with Turkey. Today we confirmed again the importance of cooperating with each other through the exchange of information, by implementing what has already been agreed, and by assisting each other to do so."
The Council welcomed the Commission communication of February 10, including the notion of safe third countries. The Council welcomed and supported Greece's intention to accelerate readmissions with Turkey on the basis of their existing bilateral readmission agreement (and soon on the basis of the EU-level agreement) as well as using the possibilities offered by Directive 2013/32/EU on inadmissible applications.
Schengen Borders code amendment
The Council agreed its negotiation position on a proposed regulation to reinforce checks against relevant databases at external borders. This regulation seeks to improve security inside the EU by making mandatory the current possibility of checks on EU citizens against all relevant databases.