"The installation of barriers is not in of itself contrary to EU law," the commission spokesman said. "Such types of barrier or physical obstacles must not make access to the asylum procedure impossible for those who may potentially need it."
EU member states must also respect the principle of non-refoulment, under which asylum seekers must not be sent back to a country where they would be in danger of persecution, Jahnz noted, adding that any measures must be proportional.
The commission will be in contact with Athens to get more details on the proposal and its aims, the spokesman added.
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