EU leaders in Cairo – 5 billion euros for migration deal with Egypt

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On Sunday, Chancellor Karl Nehammer and other EU heads of state and government signed a migration pact with the North African country in the Egyptian capital Cairo. The EU ensures that this deal will cost a lot.

Chancellor Nehammer is making a short visit to Egypt today. What matters is that the EU signs a comprehensive migration treaty with the country on the Nile. The meeting with President Sisi will also be attended by his colleagues Meloni (Italy), Mitsotakis (Greece) and De Croo (Belgium), as well as the President of the European Commission, von der Leyen.

The EU countries have stated that the deal with Egypt will cost the proud amount of five billion euros for the period up to 2027. The money is intended to stabilize the Egyptian economy and strengthen Egyptian border protection against the flow of migrants from neighboring regions and inland Africa. help expand. Both Sudan in the south of Egypt and Libya in the west cause migration flows.

There is also a threat of a large migration movement from the Gaza Strip. The Egyptian border with Gaza is already hermetically sealed with a double barbed wire wall. From Egyptian soil, migration across the Mediterranean is limited by strict monitoring.

The Egypt deal is part of the EU measures against the Mediterranean route and is at the same time intended to relieve Egypt of the burden in tackling the migration problem in its own country. There are several million migrants from inner Africa in Egypt.

Egypt’s stability is in Europe’s highest interest. The Austrian government has been campaigning for years for effective agreements with North African countries to prevent illegal migration to the EU and Austria. To this end, it maintains intensive contacts with local authorities.

The Chancellor: “We must prevent irregular migrants from even reaching the borders of Europe. This requires agreements that also include support measures for the stability of these countries. Our starting point is: everyone who helps on site helps twice as much.”

Such agreements, says Nehammer, “are successful if they are reached on an equal footing for the benefit of both parties and, in addition to migration, also include other areas of economic cooperation, such as energy.”

Kurt Seinitz from Egypt

Source: Krone

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