Leaders of the EU Member States met to deal with the unprecedented migration and refugee crisis. They decided on a number of immediate priorities and had an in-depth discussion on how to achieve long-term sustainable solutions. They all recognised that there are no easy solutions and that that they can only manage this challenge by working together, in a spirit of solidarity and responsibility. In the meantime they will uphold, apply and implement existing rules, including the Dublin regulation and the Schengen acquis.
The leaders asked the EU institutions and their Governments to work speedily on the Priority Actions proposed by the Commission. They stated that they want operational decisions on the most pressing issues before the October European Council, along the following orientations:
As regards Syria, the Heads of the EU Member States call for a renewed UN-led international effort to bring an end to the war that has caused so much suffering and forced an estimated 12 million people to leave their homes; the EU commits to doing its part in this respect, as well as for the formation of a government of national unity in Libya.
The orientations agreed at the meeting must be complemented by the transposition and implementation by Member States of the rules of the Common Asylum System. In this context it is important to create the conditions for all Member States to participate fully in the Dublin system.
The leaders urged institutions, agencies and Member States to accelerate their work on all aspects of the migration crisis. The Commission will present proposals on the mobilisation of the EU budget to support these orientations. Member States will match them with their contributions.
The EU Heads of State and government will revert to the challenge of migration at the October European Council.