Press Release: Refugee Crisis: European Commission takes decisive action

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Series Details IP/15/5596 (09.09.15)
Publication Date 09/09/2015
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Delivering on the European Agenda on Migration from May 2015, the European Commission on 9 September 2015 put forward a comprehensive package of proposals which would help address the refugee crisis and prepare for future challenges.

The new set of measures would alleviate pressure from Member States most affected – notably Greece, Italy and Hungary – by proposing to relocate 120,000 people in clear need of international protection to other EU Member States.

The extraordinary Home Affairs Council on migration scheduled for 14 September 2015 would be the next opportunity for Member States to discuss and adopt the Commission’s legislative proposals.

The proposals were put forward by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his first State of the Union Speech given in the European Parliament on the 9 September 2015.

In a separate resolution, the European Parliament backed in plenary temporary emergency rules to relocate an initial total of 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other member states over two years. MEPs also welcomed the Commission's proposal presented during his speech. The temporary mechanism had already been approved by the parliament's civil liberties committee.

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