Chamges in a treaty cannot hide behind changes in rules, says Kotzias on Frontex operation

A change in a treaty cannot be hidden behind a change of rules, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said in an interview to Greek paper Agora, commenting the rules that will govern the operation of Frontex.

Chamges in a treaty cannot hide behind changes in rules, says Kotzias on Frontex operation

“The changes in treaties take place with different procedures that the changes or rules, like those of Frontex,” the minister was quoted as saying. “And what cannot happen is to hide a change in a treaty - which requires unanimity and an intergovernmental conference – behind a change in regulations,” he added.

Asked whether Greece is willing to veto a theoretical proposal by its partners to agree in allowing interventions by border of coast guard without the consent of a member-state, Kotzias said that "Greece has always supported the development of a democratic EU with a common border" and reminded that any measure in this direction is welcome, "provided that it is well-prepared and does not violate the EU treaties – in this case articles 72 and 79 of the Lisbon Treaty”.

Asked if the tripartite meeting between Germany, Turkey and Greece on the island of Chios would eventually take place, Kotzias said that in a meeting which deals with the refugee flows, it's good for the EU to participate at the highest possible level.

He also urged FYROM to fulfill the requirement of the Interim Agreement of 1995 and contribute to solving the name issue with courage, consistency and more meaningful dialogue.

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