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Estonia and Lithuania do not support EC’s proposed fine policy for refusal to resettle migrants

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEstonia does not agree with the European Commission’s recent proposal to establish a fine policy for member states: EUR 250,000 for every asylum seeker denied resettlement in EU member states, as announced by Estonian Internal Affairs Minister Hanno Pevkur.

If Estonia agreed to such a proposal, which the EC calls ‘solidarity fee’, it would mean the abolishment of the voluntary approach, the minister told Postimees newspaper.

He said ‘the proposal is still very fresh’, and added that it is first necessary to discuss this matter at the EU Home Affairs Ministers meeting in Brussels on 20 May.

«In relation to the EUR 250,000 solidarity fee, we support the idea of assisting other countries in accordance with principles of voluntary approach,» – said the Estonian Interior Affairs Minister.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite also believes the European Commission’s proposals to automatically resettle migrants among EU member states and establish financial sanctions for refusal to accept them do not contribute to the resolution of the migrant crisis.

«EC’s proposed measures do not contribute to EU’s unity and resolution of the migrant crisis. An automatic refugee relocation mechanism is becoming a real challenge for migrants to travel to Europe without restrictions. It will not help safeguard EU’s external borders,» – as mentioned in Gribauskaite’s commentary sent by her press-office to BNS.

«Lithuania will continue showing its solidarity with countries impacted by the migrant crisis, but only in accordance with the principle of voluntary assistance. Neither mandatory quotas nor fines will stop the migrant flow,» – said the Lithuanian President.

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