In an effort to ease pressure on Greece and other Mediterranean countries, the European Commission presented a European Agenda on Migration yesterday (13.05), outlining the immediate measures that will be taken in order to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean, aiming at a fairer distribution of immigrants among European member states.

The proposed plan, unveiled in Brussels by Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos addresses migrant quotas based on population, national income and employment levels. This plan sets out a European response, combining internal and external policies, involving all actors: Member States, EU institutions, International Organisations, civil society, local authorities and third countries.

A positive development for Greece was the recent 10-point action plan proposal to reinforce Frontex capacities and assets of joint Triton and Poseidon operations.

The new plan also foresees the use of a European military force to combat trafficking in the Mediterranean. Concluding, Avramopoulos stated that combating the migration crisis is a shared responsibility, adding he hopes Member States will do their part to make this Agenda a reality.

See also: Commissioner Avramopoulos' remarks at the presentation of the European Agenda on Migration (video); European Agenda on Migration Press Pack