European Council president Donald Tusk is to tell the EU summit on Thursday that the mandatory quotas for refugees relocation have been ‘divisive and ineffective’ and they should be abolished. The plan comes just days after the EU took three member states, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to court for “non-compliance with the refugee quotas regulations.”
But despite the Commission’s decision to go ahead with legal proceedings, the EU could ultimately scrap the scheme that compels member states to accept quotas of refugees
The president of the European council, Donald Tusk, will tell EU leaders at a summit on Thursday that mandatory quotas have been divisive and ineffective, in a clear sign that he is ready to abandon the policy that has created bitter splits across the continent.
Tusk will set a six-month deadline for EU leaders to reach unanimous agreement on reforms to the European asylum system, but will propose alternatives if there is no consensus.
“If there is no solution … including on the issue of mandatory quotas, the president of the European council will present a way forward,” states a draft letter from Tusk to national capitals, seen by the Guardian.
Last week, the European Commission has referred the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over the states’ “non-compliance with their legal obligations” to accept migrant quotas and resettle refugees.
The referral is the latest development in one of the thorniest issues for the European Union in recent years. Many leaders in the eastern part of the bloc have been against the policy from day one.
In October, Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, told the Polish Press Agency that the quota policy had no future and that “this completely unnecessary conflict between member states must end.”
PS A clear example that the right hand (EU) has no idea what the left hand (EC) is up to.