The European Commission on Wednesday called on all EU member states to speed up the implementation of the agreed measures to address the refugee crisis, notably those relating to the relocation of refugees and establishment of refugee reception centres.
"I have addressed a letter today to each interior minister with a clear and strong message to remind them that they are bound by the relocation decisions which have to be implemented immediately in light of the emergency of the situation," Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos told a press conference.
The EU member states have undertaken to share out 160,000 refugees who have arrived in Greece and Italy over the next two years, but only 497 have been relocated to date. That's why the Commission reminded the member states of their commitments.
The Commission on Wednesday presented a set of documents assessing the implementation of the measures adopted to resolve the refugee and migrant crisis. Avramopoulos said that all the refugees eligible for international protection should be allowed into the EU, but that they would not be able to choose in which EU country they would live. On the other hand, economic migrants, who do not qualify for protection, will have to be turned back.
The Commission urged Italy and Greece to speed up work on setting up refugee reception centres and to ensure that all refugees were fingerprinted and registered.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 15:11