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Publication date 25.01.2016

Minister Mariusz Błaszczak at a Visegrád Group meeting

“All Visegrád Group countries are against the automatic refugee relocation mechanism,” said Minister Mariusz Błaszczak after the meeting of Ministers of Internal Affairs of Visegrád Group countries and Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia.

Mariusz Błaszczak

“All Visegrád Group countries are against the automatic refugee relocation mechanism,” said Minister Mariusz Błaszczak after the meeting of Ministers of Internal Affairs of Visegrád Group countries and Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia.

Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and Vice-Minister Jakub Skiba attended a meeting of Ministers of Internal Affairs of Visegrád Group countries and Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia on Tuesday. The Conference held in Prague was devoted primarily to migration issues.

“On my request, two sentences were added to the draft joint declaration. First and foremost, all Visegrád Group countries are against introduction of the automatic relocation mechanism. The position of the Visegrád Group on this issue is consistent,” said Minister Mariusz Błaszczak during a briefing with journalists at the Warsaw Chopin Airport.

He added that the second sentence added at the request of the Polish head of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration concerned petitioning Western European countries targeted by migrants to revise their asylum policies. “Asylum policy is what attracts more and more migrants,” explained Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.

The head of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration emphasised that Poland resumed its activity in the Visegrád Group and a coalition of countries in this part of Europe determines their position in Western Europe and the EU. He claimed that the previous government, formed by the coalition of the Civic Platform and the Polish People’s Party, breached solidarity of Visegrád Group countries. “The result is that a one-off decision was made on automatic relocation of migrants,” explained the Minister.

The meeting of Visegrád Group countries was held in Prague in the framework of ongoing Czech presidency. Poland will take over Group presidency in July 2016.

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