European Council seeks consensus on asylum policy reform

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 23.10.2017 09:59

During the next summit in December, member states will once again discuss the reform of EU's asylum policy. European Council President Donald Tusk announced it during the Brussels summit on Thursday 19 October, consensus should be reached in the first half of next year.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka welcomed the proposal for a consensual solution, mainly because of his rejection of refugee quotas. However, the quotas were not the main topic of the EU summit likely because of their failure and the V4's approach towards them. But Tusk is at odds with members of the European Parliament, which is led by Swedish liberal MEP Cecilia Wikstroem and whose Civil Liberties Committee backed a proposal to introduce compulsory quotas for refugees this week. Member states also agreed on stronger support for Italy and the Libyan authorities to reduce migration and talked about the possibility of expanding the Trust Fund for Africa. Specific steps for closing the Mediterranean route are expected in the coming weeks. The results of the summit indicate a possibility of a future shift towards unanimous voting on further steps in asylum policy.

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