- Title: CEE interior ministers reject EU's migrant mechanisms
- Date: 21st November 2016
- Summary: WARSAW, POLAND (NOVEMBER 21, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR VENUE OF MEETING OF INTERIOR MINISTERS POLISH INTERIOR MINISTER, MARIUSZ BLASZCZAK, WELCOMING CZECH DEPUTY INTERIOR MINISTER, JIRI NOVACEK BLASZCZAK WELCOMING HUNGARIAN INTERIOR MINISTER, SANDOR PINTER BLASZCZAK WELCOMING SLOVAK DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND INTERIOR MINISTER, ROBERT KALINIAK VARIOUS V4 INTERIOR MINISTERS DURING TALKS V4 INTERIOR MINISTERS ENTERING CONFERENCE ROOM (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) POLAND'S INTERIOR MINISTER, MARIUSZ BLASZCZAK, SAYING: "In Poland's opinion this system is a system which is a pull factor, so it attracts further waves of migration to Europe, in which case it intensifies the migration crisis rather than resolve it." CAMERAMEN KALINIAK SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Slovakian) SLOVAK DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND INTERIOR MINISTER, ROBERT KALINIAK, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "Time and reality have showed us that decisions taken so far do not work. As Mariusz (Blaszczak) said today we have seven thousands of relocated persons, which means that after one year we have not achieved even one percent of (planned) relocations. What can we call this if not a failure?" PINTER SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) HUNGARIAN INTERIOR MINISTER, SANDOR PINTER (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "We just want to fulfill the agreements that were signed, the law that was implemented. Our position is that we have to return to the order of the (EU) law." MINISTERS LEAVING CONFERENCE ROOM V4 INTERIOR MINISTERS AND INTERIOR MINISTERS FROM AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BULGARIA, CROATIA AND SLOVENIA DURING TALKS BLASZCZAK TALKING
- Embargoed: 6th December 2016 14:39
- Keywords: migrants EU Hungary
- Location: WARSAW, POLAND
- City: WARSAW, POLAND
- Country: Poland
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00159E0HTL
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Interior ministers from CEE said the handling of the migrant crisis by the European Union was a failure and called for the implementation of tighter border controls and harsher deportation laws.
"[T]his system is a system which is a pull factor, so it attracts further waves of migration to Europe, in which case it intensifies the migration crisis rather than resolve it," said Polish interior minister, Janusz Blaszczak after meeting his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
"[T]oday we have seven thousands of relocated persons, which means that after one year we have not achieved even one percent of (planned) relocations. What can we call this if not a failure?" echoed Slovak interior minister, Robert Kaliniak.
Blaszczak called on the EU to implement a migration policy similar to Australia's, which keeps illegal migrants in camps on surrounding islands.
The ministers announced the creation of the Migration Crisis Management Centre, to coordinate assistance to refugees outside the EU, in countries such as Lebanon and Jordan.
Ministers of the V4 countries also met their counterparts from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia.
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