It seems to be a decided issue: Refugees and migrants will be trapped in Greece. The new Dutch European Union Presidency vowed a tough line on refugees which translates into keeping refugees and migrants out of the central and north Europe. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the numbers of migrants “have to come down” and warned Greece for not doing enough to support them. As expected Rutte brought back the issue of a EU border guard aiming to cancel national sovereignty, a proposal originally tabled by EU President Jean-Claude Juncker on December but that was kindly rejected by the EU member states.
Tough on migration numbers, soft on Poland: those were the two takeaway EU messages Thursday as the Dutch government launched its presidency of the bloc, which it will hold for the next six months.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Europe’s first priority on refugees was to improve efforts to curtail the flow of asylum-seekers arriving into the EU, which reached record numbers in 2015. “The numbers have to come down very much, very considerably,” he told a group of reporters [adding] “We cannot continue with present numbers.”
Key to that effort, according to both Rutte and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, is ensuring the creation of a new, beefed-up EU border guard — an ambitious plan supported by EU leaders at a summit in December.
Rutte offered no specifics on how he would make that happen during the Dutch presidency, saying only that “we will discuss [the issue] every month” in regular meetings of EU interior ministers.
Rutte also delivered a tough warning to Greece and to Central and Eastern European EU countries that have been reluctant to do more to support refugees.
“The Dutch government believes that promises should be kept,” Rutte said. “This will be a guiding principle of the Dutch presidency.” via Politico.eu
Lost in Dutch Calvinism romantic and overwhelmed by his own principles of promises, Rutte wants to split the bill without paying his own share. Correct me if wrong, but I did not hear of any refugees who were flown from Greece for The Netherlands in terms of EU’s Refugee Share Quotas.
Mark Rutte: the Laughing Dutchman who forgot to mention Turkey in his speech on Refugees…
Also, another Dutch, EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, had similarly no idea on how to “solve” the refugee issue by reducing their numbers and yet he told reporters: “Of course we need to do more.”
He had to be asked by reporters on Turkey-EU 3-billion euro deal first to say that the “first results are encouraging but we are a long way from being satisfied.”
EU president Juncker repeated the Save The Schengen mantra and reiterated:
“We have to save Schengen and bring Schengen back to where it belongs. We cannot go on with this process where day after day another member state is reintroducing border controls.”
And they all went to the nearest reception stand to enjoy a refreshment.
Save the Euro, Save the Schengen, Save Europe: I wonder who will save us from all these EU-rulers who are never satisfied.
PS I consider establishing a business in The Netherlands as I hear that it is a tax heaven. However, I still have to find out whether Jeroen Dijsselbloem grants the privilege of establishing enterprises “with registered company address just a mailbox” only to big corporate companies and not poor rats like me.