Greece criticises EU chief over refugee quota comments
Greece on Wednesday said EU President Donald Tusk’s rejection of refugee quotas was “ill-timed” and had no hope of being accepted at a summit this week.
“Donald Tusk made an aimless, ill-timed and pointless intervention on the refugee issue, and I don’t think his proposal has any hope of being adopted,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tweeted ahead of the two-day EU meetings starting on Thursday.
“We will not accept any phrase in the (summit) conclusions that does not refer to equal (burden) sharing,” Tsipras said.
Tusk said in a pre-summit letter to leaders that mandatory relocation was “ineffective” and “highly divisive”, recommending that efforts should instead be directed to securing Europe’s borders.
Under a scheme introduced in 2015, asylum seekers from the frontline states of Greece and Italy were moved to other EU countries under a quota system, but Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic have refused to take almost any.
Plans by the European Commission to introduce a permanent mechanism for refugee-sharing for any future crises have been stalled for months.
You may be interested
US Embassy: Decision to release terrorist Savvas Xiros a “disservice to memory of victims”makis - Oct 19, 2018
The US Embassy in Athens commented on the decision by Greek authorities to release convicted terrorist of November 17th, Zavvas…
FYROM vote: PM Zaev has secured backing of parliamentary majority, local media reportsmakis - Oct 19, 2018
According to media reports in FYROM, who cite unofficial parliamentary sources, the country’s PM Zoran Zaev has secured the required…
Chios: A mastic-scented island with fascinating historyPanos - Oct 19, 2018
Much as Chios is famous for its mastic, it is not the only “magic” one can find on this island.…