Time: 10:06 a.m. CEST
European Union member states approved the joint action plan with Turkey to speed up fulfillment of the visa liberalization requirements, which will be re-evaluated in the spring of 2016. In addition, EU hopes to easy the flow of migrants, many of them traveling from Turkey.
Speaking at the news conference after the Council early on Friday, the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk expressed, “cautious optimism” over the deal on measures that will “secure the union’s external borders.”
EU leaders agree on the using the full mandate of the Frontex, which means even the deployment of rapid border intervention teams. Turkey requested from the EU for €3 billion ( $3,4 billion) in aid. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission said the talks on the issue will continue over the coming days, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel in Turkey.
An unpleasant news on the death of a migrant, reportedly by a Bulgarian border guard when entering from Turkey late on Thursday caused Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to left the talks.