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Brussels’ flagship migration policy has NO future: EU boss makes shock borders admission

BRUSSELS’ flagship migrant quota system has “no future” the European Council boss Donald Tusk admitted today in an attempt to appease rebellious member states.

EU Council president Donald TuskGETTY

EU Council president Donald Tusk


The former Polish prime minister offered an olive branch to his homeland and other furious Eastern European countries who have been angered by the bloc’s centralised border policies.Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have all refused to take in asylum seekers under the quota programme, which was designed to alleviate pressure on Greece and Italy.

Two of those countries recently launched and lost an appeal at the European Court of Justice against the policy, which they claimed was illegal because it was adopted by a majority vote.

In turn, the EU Commission has retaliated by opening infringement proceedings against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic which could result in their Governments being hit with significant fines.
The row has threatened to split the entire project in two – putting Western European countries furious at what they see as a lack of solidarity – against their Eastern rivals.Countries including France and Italy have called for those members refusing to take in migrants to be stripped of their centralised Brussels funding as punishment, drawing furious cries of blackmail from the East.

Wealthier member states feel especially raw about what they see as a betrayal of European values, especially given the tens of billions of pounds they have pumped into Eastern economies over the last decade.Today Mr Tusk, a former Polish prime minister who is involved in his own bitterly personal dispute with the current Warsaw government, attempted to repair bridges between the two sides.

Asked about migrant quotas – a scheme he has previously expressed lukewarm opinions about – he said the bloc needs to devise a new strategy which Eastern European countries are comfortable with.

He told reporters: “I don’t see any special future for this project, but it’s important to find an understanding that does not separate Poland and the other Visegrad group countries from the rest of Europe.”

Eastern European leaders, led by the Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, have argued that taking in asylum seekers under the quota system presents a national security threat to their citizens.Alongside citing terrorism fears, the firebrand leader has also controversially set himself up as a defender of what he sees as Judeo-Christian European values.

Longer term, the EU is planning to set up a centralised immigration system – with its own European Asylum Agency – to manage the distribution of refugees arriving in Europe.

Alongside opening up more routes for legal migration the bloc also wants to significantly up its return of failed asylum seekers as well as striking more bilateral agreements with migrants’ countries of origin.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/868424/Migrant-crisis-Donald-Tusk-EU-refugee-quota-scheme-no-future

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