German newspaper warns Poland could lose EU funds over refugee policy

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A bright orange lifejacket is placed on a chair in the 'Swietlica' restaurant at the Zamek Culture Centre in Poznan, central Poland, 13 March 2017. Various institutions in Poznan joined the 'Adopt a Lifejacket' campaign which refers to lifejackets used by migrants fleeing the war-torn Middle East and Africa.

German newspaper warns Poland could lose EU funds over refugee policy


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German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAS) has reported that Poland could be financially punished for refusing to accept refugees – losing up to €12bn in European Union funding.

Poland’s conservative Law and Justice (PiS) government has repeatedly declared that the country will not accept the 6,200 refugees allocated to Poland.

The FAS article said: “Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are still not planning to accept migrants. They will however have to pay a price: around €12bn, which will be allocated in the next EU budget to countries which took on refugees when needed.”

The article also criticised former Polish PM and current President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who lambasted the EU’s refugee policy last week.

As reported by Radio Poland, the three countries (Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic) vowed last week to contribute some €9m each to support Italy in projects aiming at stopping illegal migration from Libya.

Earlier this month, however, the European Commission said 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.

 

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