Central Europeans reject European Commission migrant proposals

by Reuters
Wednesday, 4 May 2016 12:57 GMT

PRAGUE, May 4 (Reuters) - Central European foreign ministers rejected the EU executive's proposals on migration policy on Wednesday, with Hungary calling plans for a quota system to distribute asylum seekers and fines to opt out "blackmail".

"Regarding the fines proposed by the European Commission, it is blackmailing," Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said after a meeting with his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland in Prague.

"The quota concept is a dead-end street and I would like to ask the Commission not to run into this dead-end street anymore." (Reporting by Jan Lopatka and Robert Muller; Writing by Jason Hovet; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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