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Baltic, Polish politicians are against mandatory refugee quotas in EU

BC, Riga, 24.05.2016.Print version
Heads of the European affairs committees of the Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian and Polish parliaments during their meeting in Riga on Monday voiced their stance against mandatory refugee quotas in the EU, calling for understanding that integration of asylum seekers in the society will require certain effort and time, informs LETA.


The politicians discussed several issues, focusing on migration, Russia’s strategic communication, and events in Ukraine.


"The Baltic states and Poland at present are not ready to support solutions that might require mandatory refugee relocation mechanisms,” said Latvian MP and head of the European affairs committee Lolita Cigane (Unity).


Estonian parliament European affairs committee chairman Kalle Palling agreed with it, also praising the Baltic-Polish cooperation in support of Ukraine, and underscoring that also the common stance against the refugee quotas is a good example of cooperation.


Meanwhile, a member of the Polish Senate's committee for foreign and European affairs, Piotr Wach, said that Poland has faced problems during admission of asylum seekers, therefore the number of admitted people is smaller than planned, but the problem is being solved.


Lithuanian parliament European affairs committee chairman Gediminas Kirkilas underscored Lithuania’s readiness to meet its obligations regarding admission of asylum seekers.


The Baltic and Polish parliament European affairs committee heads met with high level experts in Riga also to discuss the agenda of the upcoming Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC).


The meeting was attended by Latvian Ambassador to Ukraine Juris Poikans, Janis Sarts, the director of the NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence, Interior Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Evika Silina, and Interior Ministry’s deputy state secretary Dmitrijs Trofimovs.

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