European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker threatened Friday to launch treaty violation proceedings against EU members refusing to take in their share of refugees, AFP reports.
“Next week, we will address the question of whether to launch treaty violation proceedings or not,” Juncker told Spiegel weekly.
“The decision has not been made, but I say that I am for it,” he said.
Eastern European countries including Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have flatly opposed an EU plan adopted in 2015 to redistribute among other members 200,000 Syrian, Eritrean and Iraq asylum seekers from Greece and Italy.
The EU, fed up with some countries’ refusal to take in their share of asylum seekers, had set a June deadline and threatened sanctions.
Warning that he is losing patience, Juncker said the drastic step of launching infringement proceedings aimed to make clear that “decisions that have been made are applicable rules, even if one voted against them”.
“This is about European solidarity and there should not be a one-way street. There must be traffic in both directions,” he said.
Poland, Slovakia and Hungary with nearly 99% of their population Christian have vehemently opposed taking large number of muslim refugees for what they see as failed middle-eastern policies by Washington, London and Berlin.