Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 27

MEPs give go-ahead to relocate an additional 120,000 asylum seekers in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 settembre 2015

Parliament’s backing in record time of the European Commission’s 9 September proposal to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers sends a clear signal to EU home affairs ministers, who meet again on Tuesday 22 September, that it is high time to act and finally agree on this second emergency scheme.”It is very rare for the Parliament to use this procedure on such an important matter, which needs proper consideration in this House. But following the Council meeting of Monday and the lack of consensus – or urgency – in reaching majority agreement on an organised and compassionate response to the refugee crisis here in the European Union, it is necessary that we respond and that people see the Parliament doing its job”, said the Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) (see press release)Under the Commission proposal, additional 120,000 asylum seekers would be relocated from Italy (15,600), Greece (50,400) and Hungary (54,000). This number comes on top of the initial scheme to relocate 40,000 asylum seekers, approved by Parliament on 9 September and endorsed by the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 14 September The total number of people to be relocated is thus 160,000.
Parliament backed the Commission’s proposal (without amending it) by 370 votes to 134, with 52 abstentions. It then approved a legislative resolution by 372 votes to 124, with 54 abstentions, informing the Council that this approval is without prejudice to the position it will subsequently take on the proposal establishing a permanent crisis relocation mechanism, on which Parliament will co-decide on an equal footing with the member states. In the plenary debate on Wednesday, Luxembourg’s Minister for Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn, speaking on behalf of the Council’s presidency, informed Parliament that “there will be an important change to the initial proposal: Hungary does not consider itself to be a frontline country and it does not want to benefit from the relocation scheme. The European Parliament needs to take this into account when giving its opinion”, he said.

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