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Mar 12, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

You have the right to know: Brussels plans to cut EU funding for countries that oppose immigration

They’d require admitting migrants as a precondition to receiving cohesion funding. This is pure black mail.

In a response to the Hungarian government’s recent public information campaign on Brussels’ seven-point plan to force immigration upon Member States, the European Commission refuses to admit that they would introduce the admission of migrants as a precondition to receiving EU monies.

“EU funding is in no way linked to support for or opposition to migration,” the EC claims. But they’re not being candid with us.

On May 4, 2016, the European Commission presented its reform proposal of the Dublin system, a quota package that would create an automatic migrant distribution mechanism without an upper limit. What’s more, they proposed to impose a penalty of 250,000 EUR, for each asylum-seeker that is not accepted, on countries that say no to the relocation scheme.

But in Brussels’ view an oversized fine is not enough, there should be other consequences.

The Commission aims to ensure that under the upcoming 2021-2027 EU budget, countries that welcomed more migrants receive more EU funding than they did earlier, and that Member States rejecting migration receive less funding than before. Following the same thinking, in May 2018 the European Commission proposed that besides GDP per capita figures, the number of admitted migrants should be included as a criterion for determining the amount of EU funding.

And indeed, in mid-January the European Parliament’s pro-migration majority adopted a decision that essentially declares that the rule of law prevails only in those member states that accept illegal migrants, while threatening to withdraw EU funds from states. Meanwhile, in December, Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said that “in the Structural Funds of the next Commission, a substantial part shall also be directed to helping cities and regions to integrate newcomers”. This implies that EU taxpayers’ money will be spent on assisting recently arrived migrants, the “newcomers”.

And recall what Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in his State of the Union speech: “Temporary solidarity is not good enough. We need lasting solidarity – today and forever more.” But beware when Brussels eurocrats use the word “solidarity”. It seems that what they actually mean is that countries that oppose immigration, should suffer consequences.

While the Commission insists that “EU funding is in no way linked to support for or opposition to migration,” the machinations of the Brussels pro-migration forces suggests otherwise. EU citizens have a right to know.