EU’s latest THREAT: Do as we say over migrant quotas or you’ll lose your funding

EASTERN European countries who refuse to take in refugees face losing billions of pounds in European Union (EU) funding, a top Eurocrat has warned.

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GETTY   The EU is threatening to take away funding from countries refusing to accept migrant quotas

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said countries that fail to show “solidarity” by taking in their fair share of migrants who have arrived on European shores will also be hit with fines of €250,000 (£191,000) per refugee.The Eurocrat’s controversial system of migrant quotas has been fiercely opposed by former communist countries Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Eastern European countries’ opposition to the scheme has largely been driven by a virulent dislike of Muslim immigration.

Governments have also argued refugee admissions should be a sovereign national decision.Mr Juncker warned that the “solidarity” shown by richer Western Europe countries to former communist countries was not a “one-way street”.

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GETTY    President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker

The EU chief added: “If the allocation of cohesion funds were to be called into question, this would have a considerable impact both on the EU’s internal affairs and on its fundamental values, particularly with regard to solidarity between member states.”At a meeting of EU commissioners in May eastern European countries were warned they risked losing access to a pot worth €63 billion to building motorways, public transport and power plants in the former eastern bloc, as well as Greece, Cyprus and Malta.

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GETTY    More than a million migrants arrived in Europe last year

Diplomats have accused Mr Juncker of “insanity” by revisiting the toxic row last summer where eastern countries were overruled over a quota system to spread 160,000 people around the bloc.But so far just 1,500 people have moved.

The cohesion of the eastern bloc is now in jeopardy as Hungary prepares to hold an anti-immigration referendum aiming to stop Brussels and Germany forcing it to take in refugees.Hungary’s hardline prime minister Viktor Orbán said the EU could not impose immigrant quotas on Hungary against the will of the the country’s parliament.

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GETTY    Hungary leader Viktor Orbán is calling a referendum on migrant quotas

Anti-immigration national border controls are going up across Europe as the pilots in the EU over immigration policy continue to cause fractures within the 28-country bloc.

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