Juncker hits out at EU states resisting migrant plan

If member states refuse to follow the EU plan for migrants, it would be "the beginning of the end" for the bloc, he warned at a conference in Paris.

Juncker hits out at EU states resisting migrant plan

World Bulletin / News Desk

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker lashed out at Hungary's anti-migrant policy on Friday, accusing the country of rejecting European values.

"If every time a member state doesn't agree with a decision, it organises a referendum to say the opposite of what the rule of law has said... we won't be able to manage and to govern the European Union," he said.

Juncker was speaking days after Hungary's President Viktor Orban proposed changing the constitution to ban the large-scale resettlement of migrants.

The proposal came after voters in Hungary overwhelmingly backed Orban's rejection of an EU refugee quota plan in a referendum on October 2. The vote, however, was declared invalid because of low turnout.

"Certain members are not applying it," said Juncker of the EU resettlement plan.

"It's the beginning of the end if the fixed rule, democratically worked out, is no longer respected by the member states," he said.

The European Union "is founded on the law", Juncker added.

"It saddens me greatly to see today certain member states setting themselves apart by no longer respecting the European norm," he added.

Last year, most EU states approved the redistribution of 160,000 migrants among member states.

The deal is aimed at easing pressure on Italy and Greece, where most of the migrants fleeing war and poverty have landed in the bloc's worst migration crisis since 1945.

But progress has been slow, with eastern and central European countries vehemently opposed.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ekim 2016, 15:37