Visegrad Summit confirms rejection of migration quotas

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 29.1.2018 20:35

Prime Ministers of the Visegrad countries (V4) discussed on 26 January steps for more effective EU's migration policy, the topic of the meeting between Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on 29 January. The V4 summit also touched other topics such as the anticipated seven-year budget or the future of the EU. A joint declaration stated the need for a strong EU and the need for a comprehensive approach to migration policy.

V4 continues to reject emergency redistribution quotas in the Dublin IV migration policy reform, which they declared as non-functional. On the contrary, they highlighted the need for effective measures to protect the EU's external borders, to operate in third countries of origin and transit, and more effective scourging smuggler activities - all parts of the Dublin IV reform. All states contribute to a joint V4 project in Libya that should fight migration, but could be outvoted on the reform due to the quota rejections. Following a meeting between Czech and Hungarian PMs, Viktor Orbán highlighted the contribution of the Czech security forces to protecting the Hungarian border with Serbia. Orban further announced the plan to modernize the Hungarian army and highlighted the possibility of industrial cooperation with the Czech Republic in this area. 

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