Czech not to accept any refugee based on EU quotasStaff Writer | June 6, 2017
Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said that the Czech Republic will not accept any further refugees from Italy and Greece based on the EU redistribution quotas.
Immigrants Czech is expected to receive around 2,600 people
Chovanec said the one-off mechanism of quotas is to end in September and the Czech Republic will no longer be active. He said the cabinet has ordered his ministry to end all activities related to possible resettlement within the quota system.
The Interior Ministry will now prepare a defense for possible proceedings that could be started by the European Commission against the country for not meeting the commitment.
According to Chovec, the step of the Czech government is in reaction to the statement of EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos who has called on EU member states to meet their commitments in recent weeks.
Chovanec said Czech might get a fine of up to tens of millions euros from EU court.
Under EU quota system, Czech is expected to receive around 2,600 people by September, 2017, but it accepted only 12 migrants from Greece so far. ■