The EU needs to reduce the number of refugees coming to Europe within six to eight weeks, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte told members of the European parliament on Wednesday.
‘Let me be clear. The current numbers are not sustainable. We are running out of time,’ Rutte said in a speech outlining the Dutch priorities as EU president. ‘We need a sharp reduction in the number of refugees in the coming six to eight weeks.’
‘So it is both logical and necessary that we devote a lot of time and energy to the refugee crisis in the months ahead.’
It is crucial that Europe’s borders are under control, especially in Greece, and that the registration of refugees is sorted out ‘so that every country can play its part’, Rutte said.