On Wednesday, the European Commission tabled a proposal under which a reluctant EU country will face a 250,000-euro ($287,000) charge for each refused EU-approved refugee.
“New proposals of legal acts of the European Commission will be now analyzed and then our position will be formed,” the spokesperson said answering a question on Slovenia’s reaction to the “solidarity contribution” proposal.
The spokesperson added that Slovenia supported amending the EU legal bases which form the basis of the Common European Asylum System, including the Dublin Regulation as “the migratory crisis showed that those rules do not always allow adequate response of the EU member states.”
Also on Wednesday, First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said that the European Union’s Dublin Regulation that governs the bloc’s asylum policy needed to be corrected to achieve “common responsibility for a common solution” to the migrant crisis.
More than 1.8 million migrants entered the European Union in 2015, according to the EU border agency Frontex. Last year, the European Commission called on EU member states to redistribute 160,000 asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East who had landed in Italy, Greece and Hungary. Brussels laid out a quota system for refuge adoption that took into account social and economic indicators of each country. The quotes were met with opposition from some EU countries.
According to the current Dublin asylum processing mechanism adopted in 1990 and amended in 2013, the EU member states where a refugee arrives first are responsible for processing their asylum applications. Greece and Italy, that are the main entry states for asylum seekers coming in Europe, are calling for amending the mechanism.