Zaorálek expresses opposition to refugee quota proposal

18-05-2015

The country’s foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, in a meeting with EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, has said that the acceptance of refugees is a decision that needs to be left up to individual EU member states. The minister was expressing opposition to a proposal by the European Commission from last week that mandatory quotas on refugees be introduced across the EU. The European Union is trying to agree on a comprehensive plan to tackle the problem of human trafficking as well as illegal migration, to also try and prevent further tragedy in the Mediterranean, where hundreds of migrants have drowned trying to reach Europe. Mr Zaorálek said that the acceptance of refugees was a decision which needed to be fully up to members in order for the state to accept full responsibility. The minister called the quota proposal an entirely new approach - to some degree, he said, "revolutionary".