The European commission has warned European countries that it will accept no more excuses about the relocation of the 160,000 refugees as promised, as of now just 10% of the refugees have been relocated.
Out of the total number of refugees that European Union committed to relocate in 2015 only 8% have been relocated, 3,936 have been moved to Italy and 9,610 to Greece. Finland and Malta are the only two countries that have honored their obligations completely.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, the commissioner for migration warned during a press conference in Brussels that soon huge daily fines could be imposed on member countries at are not complying with the agreement.
He said: “I want to be clear. There are no excuses for the member states not to deliver. It’s possible… to relocate all these from Italy and Greece by September. It entirely depends on the political will and perseverance of member states to make it happen.”
He further said: “The commission will not hesitate to make use of its powers under the treatise. So far infringements proceedings were not an option. We tried to convince member states to do their duty. But if it is the case in the future, infringement proceedings might be an option.”
Countries like Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia and Czech Republic are having a very limited participation in the relocation scheme while Austria, Hungary and Poland have totally refused to participate.