05.09.15 11:51

Visegrad group rejects EU proposal for migrant quotas

The prime ministers of the so-called Visegrad countries have been discussing the current crisis at a summit in Prague.

Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland are voicing their opposition to any EU quota system for accepting migrants. In the joint statement, the four countries agreed to increase financial and material aid to the most vulnerable refugee groups and the countries with large refugee populations. They also agreed European politics should more focus on the Balkan migration route, apart from the Mediterranean region.

Censor.NET reports citing DW

"We support solidarity, we show solidarity, we are ready to participate in a spirit of solidarity on a voluntary basis, but we refuse a quota system that would introduce any kind of obligatory mechanism or measures," Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said, following the summit.

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Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said refugee quotas would attract further refugees to the EU. She said that if the discussion on the migration crisis is limited to refugee redistribution, EU countries will meet once a month to negotiate about numbers, although the core of the problem is elsewhere.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said it seems of crucial importance to him that the Schengen internal borders remain open. The closing of these borders would be an enormous defeat of European politics. Fico rejected the criticism placed upon the V4 for its attitude towards the refugees, saying such criticism may only cause a rift in the EU.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban refused the help offered by the three other V4 countries in dealing with the migration crisis. According to Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Orban said that Hungary applied its own measures to the immigrants and proceeded strictly according to the rules for the protection of the Schengen Area.

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