Italy-Visegrad axis leads to rejection of Dublin reform

EU still divided over asylum, Salvini calls it a victory

05 June, 20:26

    LUXEMBOURG - Italy and Visegrad nations have rejected a reform of the Dublin regulation that had been formulated by Bulgaria during its six-month EU presidency. The rejection came during an EU-28 interior ministers meeting in Luxembourg and is the latest halt to the process after two and half years of work on the reform. Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini, who stayed in Rome due to a confidence vote in the Senate, called the result a victory, noting that ''we managed to block a very bad counter-reform and we will soon be making our own proposal.
    Italy is no longer alone in Europe.'' Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, in his first speech in Parliament, called for EU asylum reform that sets in place a relocation system for asylum seekers that is ''automatic and obligatory''. But herein lies the problem. Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia (allies now) have always rejected redistribution mechanisms with the criteria indicated by Italy. The hardline approach is expanding and getting stronger and will do so even more starting in July, when far-right Austrian minister Herbert Kickl (FPOE) will be the six-month president of the EU's interior ministers council. 

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