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ECR leaders: Mandatory relocation does not work. EU must show pragmatism.

ECR leaders Syed Kamall  MEP and Ryszard Legutko MEP welcomed the Council conclusions on migration which finally reflects the ECR Group’s proposals.

ECR leaders Syed Kamall MEP and Ryszard Legutko MEP welcomed the Council conclusions on migration which finally reflects the ECR Group’s proposals. However they criticised the European Parliament’s stance on the reform of the EU’s asylum policy which still counts on a forced relocation.

Speaking in the key note debate on last week’s European Council summit, Syed Kamall said:

The ECR welcomes much in the Council’s current strategy in tackling the migrant crisis.

But the Parliament has a position…that throws out the rule book and long established asylum laws to pursue a relocation system which has not exactly been a success.”

“This approach gives asylum seekers false hope and EU citizens false solutions. These proposals won’t increase solidarity but may increase voters’ frustrations with politicians.”

“Please let us rethink the unintended consequences of the proposals in a pragmatic way.”

The ECR Co-Chairman Ryszard Legutko added:

The President of the Council admitted that the mandatory relocation was a silly idea. Unfortunately, it took him a lot of time to admit what many governments, mostly from Eastern and Central Europe, knew right at the outset. He should have listened to us and not those he usually listens to.”

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