brussels - The Prime Ministers of Poland and Hungary are combating the debate with their EU counterparts on compulsory refugee quotas. The heads of government will discuss how they can break the stalemate on this sensitive issue on Thursday evening.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban left Budapest with 2,3 million Hungarian signatures in his backpack, which do not support the compulsory inclusion of asylum seekers. 'They give weight to the Hungarian position and improve our chances in the debate,' he says on Facebook. 'We will fight. '
Poland is also against mandatory quotas. On arrival, the new Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said 'that there is more and more understanding' in Brussels for that position. He referred to the discussion paper of EU President Donald Tusk, who wrote that the (temporary) mandatory distribution mechanism has sown a lot of division and is not effective.
The European Commission and countries such as the Netherlands and Germany want a permanent mechanism in place for large numbers of refugees to come to Europe.