Migration focus of EU leaders’ meeting with Turkey’s Prime Minister

The migration crisis was once again the focus when the EU’s heads of state and government met Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in Brussels on Monday. After their meeting with Mr Davutoğlu, the EU leaders gathered for an informal European Council, where further measures to limit migration flows from Turkey to the EU were among the topics raised.

"The main focus is to help Greece and the Western Balkan countries, and to develop cooperation with Turkey," said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven after the meeting.

The statement issued by the EU's heads of state and government after the meeting with Mr Davutoğlu particularly emphasises measures to prevent human trafficking to the EU. The importance of the EU gaining control of its external borders is also emphasised.

During the meeting, the Turkish Prime Minister presented a number of new proposals regarding Turkey's cooperation with the EU on migration and Turkey's EU accession negotiations. President of the European Council Donald Tusk was tasked with preparing these for the European Council's coming meeting on 18–19 March.