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The current system is not sustainable.
What we are putting on the table is two lines of thought. One being…you build on the existing Dublin Regulation and you add to that a mechanism that would support member states when they are overwhelmed by enormous numbers of refugees arriving in that member state. The other approach would be to have a mechanism that automatically already creates a European distribution of people who arrive in member states.
What we need to do is to make sure that when people arrive in Greece they are swiftly registered.
This issue has to be looked at from all important angles given the subject's importance for international trade and also for the EU's economy.
We have specific questions about the functioning of the constitutional court and other laws made by the Polish government, which could have an effect on the rule of law.
I think the political will is increasing but at a very slow rate unfortunately.
That will be a mortal blow to Schengen and we need to do everything to prevent that from happening.
It's up to the member states now to talk to each other in a frank way tomorrow at the European Council (EU summit), and to do as they promised on the 23rd of September. You've talked the talk; it's time you walk the walk.
I don't know this number; I don't know this assessment, so I am not in a position to comment on it. But it stands to reason that if people move to Europe, there might be also criminals in that movement, there might also be terrorists in there.
Kos is a the forefront, but Kos can't be left alone with this problem, it is a global challenge that requires European solutions, that requires European solidarity. Ladies and gentlemen, we are facing a moment of truth in European history.
I am not bothered by the Eurosceptics because they are wrong, I am bothered because they are occasionally right. And if they are right, we have to tackle their concerns.
We need more sharing of data, effective operational cooperation, additional trust building measures. in particular, we should develop judicial cooperation to complement law enforcement cooperation. the existing European agencies need to be sufficiently equipped and work together more closely.
We are of course very attentive to these European Citizens' Initiative and we want to change the rules, which are disappointing people. But there is no obligation on the Commission to take legislative action.
The council has watered it down so that it no longer meets our environmental objectives of taxing fuel in way that reflects real energy content and CO2 emissions.
We have moved from a time where government used to have an attitude towards the public of 'trust me!', to a situation now where the public says to government 'show me!', and we want to show, very clearly, we want to be fully transparent about the meetings we have.
Sanctions alone are not the solution. We need a diplomatic way out. We need two countries that talk to each other about the future of bilateral relations between their nations.
We can't do 'business as usual'! it's not anymore about economy and trade – it's about security and it's about the geostrategic position of Europe and it's about justice for almost 200 Dutch people who were killed in a cruel manner.