The relocation of 120 thousand migrants among the 28 countries of the EU gets the go-ahead from the Council of interior ministers of the European Union, but without consensus. In detail, migrants will be transferred from Italy, Greece, and Hungary in other European countries within two years. Whereas the first host countries will be prompted to strengthen identification and control services. Eastern countries, namely Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia say no to the new European directives. Finland has abstained. Surprisingly, Hungary has assured full cooperation on migration by guaranteeing that the Magyar country will respect Brussels’ agreement on relocation, even if they have voted against it. “This is a decision that we will honor and observe”, has said the spokesman of the Hungarian government, Zoltan Kovacs, according to the BBC’s site. Slovakia has a different opinion. “Slovakia is not going to respect the decision to introduce compulsory quotas for the redistribution of migrants and is ready to undertake a case against Brussels” has announced yesterday the Slovakian premier Robert Fico.
“Every country has to accept the number of migrants that have been decided” and “nobody has the right to refuse”, stated Luxembourg’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, on behalf of the EU presidency, specifying that the vote does not imply the non-participation in the redistribution because that “is a legal decision of the EU”. “I would rather enter the infringement procedure rather than comply with the dictates of a majority that is not able to reach consensus in the context of the European union”,has answered Fico in a caustic way. In the meanwhile Italy’s minister of Interior Alfano claims victory: “We have achieved what we wanted, 40 thousand migrants will leave Italy in the upcoming months”.