V4 prime ministers coordinate positions on European Commission's quota proceeding

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 6.7.2017 14:54

At a summit on 4 July, the Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group (V4) coordinated their stances towards the legal case opened by the European Commission (EC) abut the relocation of refugees, and addressed current security issues as well. Egyptian President Abdal Fattah Sissi was also present at the meeting.

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for failing to comply with the agreement on the redistribution of migrants at the beginning of last month. However, the initiated procedure will not be closed before the September deadline for quota fulfilment expires. V4 countries have been opposed to refugee quotas and redistribution of refugees for a long time and are looking for effective ways to prevent migration. At present, V4 countries are primarily attempting to deploy experts at so-called hotspots, as this system seems more functional than the above-mentioned relocation of immigrants. In this regard, the V4 prime ministers appreciated Sissi and Egypt's positive role in managing migration flows and welcomed the EU-Egypt security and political dialogue, as they consider Egypt to be a regional priority partner in stabilising the region and in combating illegal migration.

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