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Jun 12, 2018

16 EU member states do not regard the draft proposal on the reform of the Dublin System as acceptable

Mátyás Hegyaljai, the Ministry of Interior’s deputy state secretary for EU and International Affairs, told Parliament’s European Affairs Committee that Hungary is now not the only one that objects to the mandatory resettlement quota

There are now 16 European Union member states, according to a government official, that do not regard the draft proposal on the reform of the Dublin System as acceptable.

Mátyás Hegyaljai, the Ministry of Interior’s deputy state secretary for EU and International Affairs, told Parliament’s European Affairs Committee that Hungary is now not the only one that objects to the mandatory resettlement quota.

The state secretary also revealed that the countries of the Visegrád Group and Austria also followed Hungary’s lead, in addition to Holland and Germany who took the position that in this form the Dublin IV dossier is not suitable for the adoption of a consensus.

“There are currently sixteen EU countries according to whom the draft Dublin IV legislation is unacceptable in its current form. We are waiting for the June 28-29 session of the European Council, but do not believe that an agreement can be reached there, despite the fact that the European Parliament has called on everyone to adopt the draft,” he said.

The secretary said Austria’s standpoint has changed completely since the new Austrian government was formed, and they too now say that asylum-seekers must be screened before entering the European Union, and people who are not eligible for asylum must not be allowed into the territory of the EU.

Hegyaljai added that it is extremely difficult to expel immigrants who are not entitled to asylum. “Once people enter the EU, we cannot get rid of them,” he said.