Chovanec to reject refugee quotas at EU interior ministers’ meeting
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec will reject mandatory refugee quotas at a meeting of European interior ministers this Thursday, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka tweeted after the matter was discussed at the weekly government meeting. The Czech government remains opposed to mandatory refugee quotas on the grounds that such a system simply does not work, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek reiterated at the weekend. The Czech government instead supports the existing agreement on the return of refugees with Turkey and remains in favour of a stronger European border and coast patrol. At the weekend, the prime minister said that if a permanent mechanism which divided refugees among the EU countries was introduced, the Czech Republic would challenge it in court.