Stalemate on EU refugee agreement over non-Ukrainians

Austria, Visegrad countries 'concerned'

03 March, 15:45

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, MARCH 3 - An agreement is on standby at the justice and home affairs council on the directive for the temporary protection to be activated for the war in Ukraine. The Visegrad group and Austria have in fact expressed reservations on the concession of temporary protection to refugees who are not Ukrainian nationals. "Apart from Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, many countries are concerned for this, including Austria: it doesn't make sense to include citizens of third countries", said Austrian Interior Minister Gerhard Karner on the sidelines of the summit.

    The council in Brussels will be attended remotely in the afternoon by Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastirski. If the agreement to welcome Ukrainian refugees is unanimous, divergences have emerged on non-Ukrainians who have stay permits in Ukraine and are also fleeing war. The directive of temporary protection proposed by the European Commission, which lasts a year that can be prolonged to two and has never been implemented so far, has criteria based on "zero discrimination". Countries at the table are looking for a compromise that, like indicated by the EU rotating president France, allows to implement the directive as soon as possible. (ANSAmed).

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