The European Commission (EC) stated on Tuesday it was not considering to cut European Union (EU) structural assistance to countries that disagree with the mandatory migrant quotas.
European Commission
© DELFI (A.Sarcevičiaus nuotr.)

Giedrius Sudikas of the EC mission in Lithuania said: "Partnership Agreements and Operational Programs for the current programming period do not provide a legal basis to reduce European Structural and Investment Funds allocations if a member-state refuses binding quotas."

"To introduce such conditionality would require revising the MFF (for the 2014-2020 period) and is not something we are currently exploring," Sudikas, the head of the EC mission's Press and Information Division, told BNS.

The possibility to cut EU aid to countries that object the mandatory quotas was mentioned by Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere earlier on Tuesday.

"The negotiations situation is such that nothing happens to countries which refuse. We need to talk about ways of exerting pressure. These are often countries that receive a lot of structural funds from the European Union," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the ZDF television.

In the German minister's words, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker "has suggested that we should look at whether these countries should get less structural funds, which I agree with".

Meanwhile, Sudikas said the EC president had been misquoted.

"The president has never said this," Sudikas told BNS.

Lithuania supports the Brussels' proposal to share 160,000 refugees from Hungary, Italy and Greece, but, together with other Central and Eastern European nations, it disagrees with setting permanent mandatory mechanism of migrant quotas.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Prosecutors want exchanged Russian spy's accomplices tried in absentia

A criminal case in which charges were brought against two suspected accomplices of Nikolai...

Nauseda: Lithuania needs to spend 14 billion EUR on climate change over 10 years

Lithuania will need to spend 14 billion euros over ten years to meet its climate change commitments,...

Application to register "For the Fatherland" submitted in Prime Minister's name

Lithuania's brand database officially states that an application to register a brand " For the...

Parliament lowers election threshold to 3 percent

The Lithuanian Seimas on Tuesday lowered the parliamentary election threshold to 3 percent for...

Cuban dissident calls on Lithuania to block EU-Cuba deal

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas , on a visit to Vilnius, has called on Lithuania to block the...