The draft statement circulated during an EU-Turkey summit listed actions that both sides could take to end the migration crisis.
EU and Turkish officials said the draft of a possible new EU-Turkey action plan was based on proposals from Turkey and was circulated by European Council President Donald Tusk as a basis for discussions among EU leaders, who will meet Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu again later on Monday.
The text included a proposal that Turkey would take back all irregular migrants from Greek islands, including Syrians, while the EU would then admit directly from Turkey one Syrian refugee for every Syrian readmitted to Turkey from the Greek islands.
The EU would offer a further 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) until the end of 2018 to help Turkey shelter Syrians, doubling the amount of an earlier offer. And it would ease visa requirements for Turks wishing to visit Europe’s Schengen area by the end of June, earlier than had been planned.