A country member of the European Union cannot be penalized because, for undistorted reasons, it lacks capacity to receive and integrate a mandatory number of immigrants, says the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) in a response to Agerpres request, following statements by Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann.
The Austrian high official has asked the Eastern European countries that are contrary to the immigrants quotas to be penalized, by cutting their states’ structural funds.
The MAE says that the structural funds given to an EU member state are not part of a discussion in connection to the migration phenomenon and of the way the European states involve in the process of taking over the migrants.
“According to the EU Treaties, there is no connection whatsoever between Romania’s stance in the JHA Council on September 14, 2015 or within any sectoral council and the structural funds allocated to our country,” the MAE release reads.
The Austrian Chancellor, Werner Faymann told Der Spiegel in an interview that any country that is evading from its responsibilities on the immigrants’ distribution in the quotas proposed by the European Commission, should be financially penalized, “for instance, by cutting their access to the structural funds the Eastern European countries mainly benefit from.”
The National Liberal Party (PNL) co-chair Alina Gorghiu says the European structural funds should not and have not any connection with the refugees’ topic and that Romania couldn’t be punished for supporting a position absolutely legitimate, namely voluntary quotas for accepting refugees