EU VP Timmermans on dealing with migration crisis: Either an EU solution, or none at all

There will be no solution to the migration issue at all if European countries do not come up with one, European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans said in the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, ahead of the EU leaders’ thematic debate on migration to be held on Thursday.

Timmermans defended the Commission’s position as expressed by Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Tuesday and said that solidarity is a basic component of the EU. He rejected claims that the resettlement of refugees during the crisis was ineffective, pointing out that over 32,000 people had been settled in EU countries.

He also said that the European Commission and Europarliament had made their suggestions on the reform of the Dublin Treaty and the issue was now at the European Council for discussion and agreement.

Only a solution to Dublin can provide a solution to the Schengen agreemenet, he said. A small number of countries cannot be made to carry the burden of the migration issue, he noted.