governance of the border-free Schengen area and in particular the problems they are experiencing with Greece, the main gateway to Europe for 80% of “illegal migrants” (more than 60,000 caught at the border between Greece and Turkey in 2011).

This Council, at which only home affairs items will be discussed, will be more political than legislative. After their debate, the ministers will adopt conclusions drafted by the Danish EU Presidency on future ‘guidelines’ for Schengen governance, meant to be the stepping stone to agreements by June 2012. They will hold two other debates, one on the ‘Greek problem’ and the other on cooperation on migration with third countries, in particular Morocco, Libya and Turkey.


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