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Refugee crisis: Humanitarian concerns as winter draws nigh raised by Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes

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Posted: Tuesday 06 Oct 2015

"The tough period starts now, difficult decisions must be taken to  make the commitments of the Council a reality on the ground", said Mr Moraes.

The humanitarian situation of refugees within the EU and neighbouring countries was the focus of a plenary debate with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Luxembourg's minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Nicolas Schmit, on Tuesday morning.

The Chair of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, responsible for migration and asylum, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), said:

"The tough period is now, we can expect to see an increase in refugee flows before we are fully into the winter months. This is also a time when difficult decisions have to be taken to ensure the hotspots are fully implemented and the budget is made available for the very EU responses the Council has committed to.

The Commission must keep us fully informed of the implementation of the hotspots in Italy and Greece, which will in turn enable the relocation mechanism. Council should also make all the necessary preparations should the civil protection mechanism need to be triggered over the winter period.

The refugee crisis will not simply be forgotten, we cannot allow ourselves to become used to the images we see - this will remain high on the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee agenda and we will keep insisting on a coordinated, humanitarian EU response to the refugee crisis".

Migration will also be high on the agenda of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 8-9 October and of the next European summit on 15-16 October.

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Further information

Video recording of the debate (click on 6.10.2015)

Justice and Home Affairs Council, 8-9 October 2015 - Agenda highlights

European Council, 15-16 October 2015 - Agenda highlights

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