Juncker talked about the features of the future EU decisions on migration

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in fotoreceptor of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Archival photoJuncker talked about the features of the future EU decisions on migration© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

The EU may again not by consensus but by majority vote to make decisions on future migration policy, if achieving unanimity is not possible, said the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, following the debate on migration at the EU summit.

On Thursday evening the leaders had an informal discussion on the reform of the EU’s migration policy with the aim to reach agreement on this issue in June or October 2018. In the EU there are serious differences on the issue of reform, and, primarily, the reception of refugees. The Visegrad countries – Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – strongly oppose the proposed EC and the European Parliament’s quota system, which obliges member countries to accept the refugees, who arrived in other EU countries. They also reject the EC proposal to penalize member countries for the refusal to accept every migrant that they will make quota.

«It all depends on the situation», — said Juncker told journalists, answering the question, were you able to negotiate the quotas for the admission of refugees.

According to him, «the Council (of the EU, where all member countries – ed.) will study different proposals submitted to the Commission.»

«If we fail to agree by consensus, it is possible that these issues will be resolved by a qualified majority», — said the head of the EC.

Current rules – the «Dublin system» require that, when a migrant is illegally crosses the border of the EU, responsible for the reception and consideration of its application is the country of entry. However, in the course of the migration crisis in 2015, the EU decided to help the border countries and a majority of votes temporarily introduced mandatory quotas for the admission of refugees. Each member country of the EU were instructed to take part of 120 thousand refugees in Italy and Greece.

Serious differences in the EU started already in Hungary and Slovakia with the support of Poland challenged the decision on allocation of refugees in the EU Court. Their opponents were Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, France and Sweden. Since the position to reconcile failed, and the President of the European Council Donald Tusk said he believes the quota system is ineffective, calling it a factor in making a split.