Prime Minister Cerar: EU Summit gives a clear message that Balkan route is gone

Prime Minister Miro Cerar stressed after the EU summit on Tuesday that the Balkan migration route no longer existed, even though the summit conclusions were reworded to no longer specifically mention the closure of the Balkan route. “The part about the closure of the Balkan route remains in the statement … Substantively this is the same,” Cerar told reporters. The statement says that “irregular flows of migrants along the Western Balkans route have now come to an end.” A sentence that said the route was closed was eventually omitted. This sends “a very clear message to all traffickers and all irregular migrants that this route no longer exists, it is closed,” according to Cerar.

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