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


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



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




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

EU Commission President

has set.



than 24 hours after the presentation of her

reform plans


asylum policy


Ursula von der Leyen


the heads of government from


, the

Czech Republic




Almost the entire

Visegrad group

is represented (with the exception of



Of the states that

vehemently reject

the admission of


, only


is missing


It is a first, huge

acid test


von der Leyen's


asylum policy

, which provides for accelerated procedures and faster deportation.

In the eyes of many observers, the

EU has been

very accommodating to




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






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


, that this construct is still a


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

That sounds harsh and almost demonstratively self-confident.


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



You have to


with states like




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"


need for


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."


now sees a "long discussion"


to the


, 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


EU's external borders

and to return people more efficiently.

In other words: to deport rigorously.





will “examine carefully” the proposal.

That sounds friendlier than with the

Visegrad countries

, but it means the same thing.


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


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


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".


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


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.


all 27 countries

cannot reach



, “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


how acute the situation is


Can you restart now?


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


mechanism is also important

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



“show solidarity”

with the

countries of


- be it through taking in


or through help with



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

- 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


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


"a new strong solidarity mechanism"


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


EU Commission

wants to present a


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


enters European soil

is responsible for asylum applications


As a result, countries on the


external borders were



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



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)

* is part of the Ippen-Digital editorial network.

List of rubric lists: © afp / Francois Lenoir

Source: merkur

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