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28/09/2016

Poland says EU summit on migration likely next week

Justice & Home Affairs

Poland says EU summit on migration likely next week

Ewa Kopacz [Reuters]

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said the European summit which is to deal with Europe’s migrant crisis is likely to take place earlier than planned.

“These negotiations will start on Monday (14 September), when our ministers of the interior are present in Brussels, and just after that there will be the summit,” Kopacz told public television TVP Info late on Tuesday (8 September).

“Most likely the summit will be moved to an earlier date from what I know after talks with my European Union colleagues.”

According to the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, justice and interior ministers will meet on 14 September to be debriefed by a number of EU and United Nations agencies (Frontex, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), Europol, UNHCR and International Organisation for Migration) on the latest information on migratory flows and the situation on the ground. The Council will hold a discussion on the basis of this information.

Ministers will also be informed about the progress made in implementing the most recent EU measures, aimed at saving lives at sea, improving management of migratory flows and other.

The Council will also hear a presentation by the European Commission on its new proposals on migration.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will deliver his State of the Union speech this morning (9 September), in which he is expected to present a comprehensive and long-term plan to respond to the refugee crisis.

Migration will be further discussed at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 8 October and at the European Council on 15 and 16 October.

A special summit on migration with African and other key countries will take place on 11-12 November in Valletta.

The next European Council is scheduled for the middle of October.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kopacz said Poland could accept more migrants than the 2,000 declared, but under certain conditions, while newly elected President Andrzej Duda said he was against any migrant quotas.