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19:13 04.05.2016(updated 19:17 04.05.2016) Get short URL
Earlier in the day, the European Commission tabled a proposal under which a EU country would face a 250,000 euro ($287,000) penalty for each EU-approved refugee it refused to admit."For my part, I found the decision unacceptable. This is a kind of blackmail by the Commission, which intends to force the reception of migrants," Zoltan Balczo said, adding that Budapest "cannot be forced to receive migrants who are totally unsuitable for integration."
The Hungarian and Polish foreign ministers slammed the EU plan to punish member states for not accepting their quota of refugees, with Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto calling it "blackmail" and his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski saying it sounded like an April Fool's joke.