German newspaper: Poland could lose EU funds over refugee policy
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A comment piece in German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAS), one of the country’s largest newspapers, has reported that Poland could be financially punished for refusing to accept refugees.
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In September 2015, EU leaders agreed that each country in the bloc would accept a number of migrants over two years to alleviate the pressure on Italy and Greece, which have seen waves of migrants arriving from the Middle East and Africa.
But after coming to power in October 2015, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) government declared that the country would not accept the 6,200 refugees that were allocated to Poland.
According to the author of the FAS article, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic could lose around EUR 12 billion in the next EU financial framework. The current financial framework is due to expire in 2020.
The article said: “Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are still not planning to accept migrants. They will however have to pay a price: around EUR 12 billion, which will be allocated in the next EU budget to countries which took on refugees when needed.”
The article also criticized former Polish Prime Minister and current President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who lambasted the EU’s refugee policy last week.
Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic last week vowed to contribute some EUR 9 million each to support Italy in projects aiming at stopping illegal migration from Libya.
The European Commission said earlier this month it was taking Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU, the bloc’s top EU court, for refusing to accept migrant quotas.
But Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak vowed that Warsaw would not cave in to demands by Brussels, arguing that Islamic migrant communities in Europe increased the threat of terrorism.
Former Polish conservative Prime Minister Beata Szydło previously said that Poland was supporting those in need by increasing humanitarian aid to the victims of the war in Syria and by working with aid organisations to rebuild hospitals.