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Resistance to new asylum plans by the EU: Orban and Co. offend von der Leyen

2020-09-24T20:11:36.877Z

The EU Commission's concept for asylum reform is available - it contains a mechanism for mandatory solidarity. However, the Visegard Group rejects them.



The EU Commission's concept for asylum reform is available - it contains a mechanism for mandatory solidarity.

However, the Visegard Group rejects them.

  • The

    EU Commission

    has presented its proposals for

    asylum reform

    .

  • So far the project has

    failed due

    to the issue of the

    distribution of refugees

    .

  • Now all EU states should make their contribution to the

    common migration policy

    in times of crisis

    .

Update from September 24th, 9:37 p.m.:

It has

been more difficult

in

Brussels

to agree on a common denominator.

Whoever you ask, all the answers point in the same direction this lunchtime.

This is

not often the case

with

migration

.

The only problem is that it is not the direction that the

EU Commission President

has set.

Today,

less

than 24 hours after the presentation of her

reform plans

for

asylum policy

,

Ursula von der Leyen

receives

the heads of government from

Hungary

, the

Czech Republic

and

Poland

.

Almost the entire

Visegrad group

is represented (with the exception of

Slovakia

).

Of the states that

vehemently reject

the admission of

refugees

, only

Austria

is missing

.

It is a first, huge

acid test

for

von der Leyen's

draft

asylum policy

, which provides for accelerated procedures and faster deportation.

In the eyes of many observers, the

EU has been

very accommodating to

the

opposition

.

But apparently not far enough.

Visegard Group is opposed to Ursula von der Leyen's plans

"There is no breakthrough," said Hungary's Prime Minister

Viktor Orban

.

While the

Commission President

to the EU states explicitly not

compulsory

for

admission

of

migrant

wants to exercise and offering alternatives such as the acquisition of deportations, criticized

Orban

, that this construct is still a

constraint

constitutes "redistribution and quotas remain redistribution and quotas, regardless of what name. "

That sounds harsh and almost demonstratively self-confident.

Orban

is not alone in this attitude.

The Slovak Prime Minister

Igor Matovic

assures on Facebook: “

There will be no

mandatory quotas

, please don't go crazy!” His Czech counterpart

Andrej Babis

has the impression “that the

European Commission

has still not understood the solution to

illegal migration

is to stop illegal migrants as soon as they arrive on European soil ”.

It is necessary to set up “hotspots” outside the

EU

.

You have to

negotiate

with states like

Libya

and

Syria

so that the people stay there.

The Pole

Mateusz Morawiecki puts

it more drastically

: "We want to prevent problems at the source."

Austria's interior minister: EU asylum plans go "in the right direction"

The

need for

clarification

after this meeting does not seem to be any less than before.

An EU spokeswoman confirms this impression: "There were a whole series of questions that were raised."

Babis

now sees a "long discussion"

coming

to the

EU

, in the states as well as in the

European Parliament

.

Austria's Minister of the Interior,

Karl Nehammer

, at least agreed with the proposal that it was "moving in the right direction in very important areas".

It is important

to protect

the

EU's external borders

and to return people more efficiently.

In other words: to deport rigorously.

The

government

in

Vienna

will “examine carefully” the proposal.

That sounds friendlier than with the

Visegrad countries

, but it means the same thing.

There

will be no

“introduction of a

distribution mechanism

through the back door”.

Horst Seehofer calls for a "fresh start" in EU asylum policy - and appeals to member states

Update from September 23, 6 p.m.:

After the EU Commission's plans for

asylum reform were presented

, Federal Interior Minister

Horst Seehofer

 (CSU) called on the

EU member states

to be

willing

to compromise.

He appeals to everyone “not reflexively to take cover,” said Seehofer in Berlin.

He announced that he would also seek an agreement in bilateral talks during the German Council Presidency.

Horst Seehofer calls for a "fresh start" in the asylum policy of the EU member states

Seehofer praised the proposal as a “good basis” for further consultations with the Commission and Member States.

He pointed out that the package focused on

improved cooperation

and

opportunities for

legal immigration of refugees to Europe, but also on more efficient

external border protection

.

In the asylum policy, a "new beginning" is needed, said Horst Seehofer.

"Now there is a chance that this reset will take place." He rated the chances of agreement on many aspects as "high".

When

it comes to

the question of solidarity when

taking in refugees

, it is "difficult", admitted the interior minister, who was recently insulted by comedian and satirist Jan Böhmermann.

+

Horst Seehofer calls on the EU states to adopt a uniform line in asylum policy.

© John Macdougall / AFP

Seehofer announced that the Council of Ministers

would discuss the Commission's proposal

on

October 8th

.

Thereafter, there should be more bilateral talks in order to look for a political understanding at another council meeting in December.

If necessary, there will be further advice in November.

If

all 27 countries

cannot reach

an

agreement

, “as many as possible” should be found for a common solution.

EU asylum reform: pressure on Hungary and Co.?

Von der Leyen presents new plans

Update from September 23, 1:22 p.m

.: For years, the EU states have been arguing about the common

asylum and migration policy

.

The recent

fire disaster

in the

Moria refugee camp has

shown

how acute the situation is

.

Can you restart now?

The

EU Commission

has presented its plans for

reforming the European asylum system

.

Among other things, they provide:

  • faster asylum procedures at the

    external borders

  • more deportations

  • and the appointment of a

    "return coordinator"

A new planned

distribution

mechanism is also important

: If there are high numbers of refugees, all member states are to be

obliged

to

“show solidarity”

with the

countries of

arrival

- be it through taking in

refugees

or through help with

deportations

.

At the same time, the Commission is planning more legal opportunities for immigration.

EU Commission President

Ursula von der Leyen

appealed to the member states

to find

a solution to the

migration issue

that has been controversial for years

(see original notification)

.

The plans now go to the

member states

and the

European Parliament

.

Given the "urgency of the situation on the ground in several Member States", the Commission called on both sides to agree

"by the end of the year"

on the "basic principles" of the reform.

It remains to be seen whether the plan has a chance of being implemented.

Similar attempts had failed in the past few years.

The EU states have been arguing about a common asylum and migration policy for years.

The sticking point has always been the

mandatory distribution of

asylum seekers to all EU countries.

Von der Leyen announces radical change in migration policy - "Will abolish the Dublin regulation"

The Commission's Pact on Migration and Asylum, which we are presenting today, offers a fresh start.



We know that we have to build trust between EU countries and citizens' confidence that we can manage this as a Union. @ Vonderleyen on #MigrationEU https://t.co/N9FGbqWJSK

- European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) September 23, 2020

Original report from September 16

: Brussels -

Chancellor Angela Merkel * (CDU *)

is reportedly dissatisfied with the EU migration policy - especially after she and

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU *) announced

after the devastating fire in the Greek camp Moria *, that Germany would take in more than 1,500 refugees and that there was some harsh criticism.

Now EU Commission President

Ursula von der Leyen

wants to

throw

the current regulations overboard for

the planned

asylum reform

.

"We will abolish the Dublin regulation,"

said von der Leyen in front of the European Parliament on Wednesday.

"We will replace it with a new European migration management system." This will have "common structures for asylum and repatriation" and

contain

"a new strong solidarity mechanism"

.

Refugee debate after Moria fire: Von der Leyen declares saving lives at sea "not optional"

The

EU Commission

wants to present a

proposal

for a

“new pact on migration”

on Wednesday

.

Von der Leyen tweeted on the subject: "Saving lives at sea is not optional and countries that fulfill their legal and moral obligations must be able to rely on the solidarity of the entire EU."

Next week, we will put forward the New Pact on Migration.

We'll take a human & humane approach.

Saving lives at sea is not optional & those countries who fulfill their legal and moral duties or are more exposed than others, must be able to rely on the solidarity of our whole EU.

- Ursula von der Leyen - Follow #SOTEU (@vonderleyen) September 16, 2020

Moria Inferno aggravates the refugee question: Von der Leyen wants to abolish Dublin rules

The current

Dublin rules

stipulate that the EU country in which a refugee

first

enters European soil

is responsible for asylum applications

.

As a result, countries on the

Union's

external borders were

completely

overburdened

during the refugee crisis

and then often allowed migrants to travel on to other EU countries.

Since then, the EU has been striving to reform its asylum system.

All attempts so far had failed because of the question of the

distribution of refugees

.

Eastern European

governments in

particular

categorically

reject the admission of migrants

in order to relieve main countries of arrival at the EU's external borders such as Greece or Italy.

(AFP / frs)

* Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital editorial network.

List of rubric lists: © afp / Francois Lenoir

Source: merkur

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