EU leaders continue to disagree on migration policy

  • Petr Boháček
  • 15.12.2017 12:12

Preliminary informal talks on the reform of the EU's Common European Asylum System between EU leaders in Brussels on 14 December failed to build a consensus on how to deal with migrants once they reach the European Union, pointing to the persisting rift between Visegrad countries and Western Europe on several of topics.

The discussed Dublin 4 reform includes an acceleration and simplification of the asylum process, increased screening and security measures at external borders and a new permanent relocation mechanism for times of a migration crisis in the likes of 2015. While Visegrad countries offered €35 million to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to address migration at EU’s borders, they rejected the newly proposed emergency relocation scheme. In the light of the recently launched infringement procedure against Czechia, Poland and Hungary over their rejection of the earlier refugee relocation system, German and Dutch representatives criticised V4’s stance for lacking solidarity. EU asylum policy is decided at the Justice and Home Affairs Council by a qualified majority, however, the EU Council decided to find a consensus on the topic, likely at the next Council meeting in June 2018.

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