Austria calls for less funding for EU countries refusing refugees

Chancellor to raise issue of contributions to Hungary and Poland at summit this week

Austria has warned that net contributors to the EU budget will refuse to continue paying unless beneficiaries in central Europe take their quota of refugees.

Austria’s chancellor, Christian Kern, said he would raise the issue of cutting EU contributions to countries such as Hungary and Poland at an EU summit this week.

Hungary has taken a hard line against refugees and on Tuesday passed a law to force all asylum seekers into detention camps while they wait for their cases to be heard. The country’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, welcomed the move in a speech to border guards in which he called migration “a Trojan horse for terrorism”.

Kern told Die Welt: “The money from the EU budget must also be spread more equitably among the member countries in the future. If countries continue to avoid resolving the issue of migration, or tax dumping at the expense of their neighbours, they will not be able to receive net new payments of billions from Brussels.”

He said some countries expected solidarity on economic development, security interests or sanctions against Russia but refused it on other issues. “Selective solidarity should in the future also lead to selective payments among the net payers. Solidarity is not a one-way street,” he said.

So far 13,500 refugees have been redistributed under an EU scheme. Poland has not yet accepted a single migrant out of its allocated 6,182 and is the largest net recipient from the EU budget, at €9.5bn. It is followed in the region by the Czech Republic (€5.7bn), Romania (€5.2bn) and Hungary (€4.6bn).

As many as 98,000 refugees are due to distributed by September.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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