Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria submitted a joint proposal to tackle the migration crisis at the EU interior ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday. The core of the proposal is the sharing of responsibility through a European relocation mechanism.

The situation in the eastern Mediterranean is worrying, European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said at a press conference at the Home Affairs Council, adding that the EU continues to support Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria in business, as well as financially and politically.

Meanwhile, migration flows have increased in our country, by 240% in the last five months. Between August 19 and September 1, across the EU’s southern border, there have been 1,133 arrivals through the Western Mediterranean, 1,369 through the Central Mediterranean and 4,879 through the Eastern Mediterranean.