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EU could ‘scrap refugee quota scheme’

European council president Donald Tusk to tell EU summit that mandatory quotas have been ‘divisive and ineffective’

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EU could ‘scrap refugee quota scheme’

European council president Donald Tusk to tell EU summit that mandatory quotas have been ‘divisive and ineffective’

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European council president Donald Tusk to tell EU summit that mandatory quotas have been ‘divisive and ineffective’

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European council president Donald Tusk to tell EU summit that mandatory quotas have been ‘divisive and ineffective’

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/ Dec 14

European council president Donald Tusk to tell EU summit that mandatory quotas have been ‘divisive and ineffective’

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European council president Donald Tusk to tell EU summit that mandatory quotas have been ‘divisive and ineffective’

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European council president Donald Tusk to tell EU summit that mandatory quotas have been ‘divisive and ineffective’


This article titled “EU could ‘scrap refugee quota scheme'” was written by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels, for The Guardian on Monday 11th December 2017 16.25 UTC

The EU could scrap a divisive scheme that compels member states to accept quotas of refugees, one of the bloc’s most senior leaders will say this week.

The president of the European council, Donald Tusk, will tell EU leaders at a summit on Thursday that mandatory quotas have been divisive and ineffective, in a clear sign that he is ready to abandon the policy that has created bitter splits across the continent.

Tusk will set a six-month deadline for EU leaders to reach unanimous agreement on reforms to the European asylum system, but will propose alternatives if there is no consensus.

“If there is no solution … including on the issue of mandatory quotas, the president of the European council will present a way forward,” states a draft letter from Tusk to national capitals, seen by the Guardian.

In effect this means scrapping mandatory quotas, because Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic are fiercely opposed to the idea of dispersing refugees around the bloc based on a formula drawn up in Brussels. Tusk is likely to face opposition, however, from other EU bodies, including the European commission.

EU leaders introduced compulsory quotas in 2015 at the height of the migration crisis,…

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