The European Commission demanded from 6 EU countries to endorse immigration the UN Covenant on the eve of the signing of the document on 10 December in Marrakech. The Covenant had not yet been approved by Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Said in an interview with Die Welt, the European Commissioner for home Affairs and migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, Deutsche Welle reports
“I don’t understand the reasons for the refusal, because the document is not binding and does not impose anything to anyone,” said the European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos.
The Covenant had not yet been approved by Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
According to the Commissioner, the lack of unity within the EU would jeopardize the seriousness of the intentions of Brussels.
“If the European Union at the signing of the Covenant will not present a United front, we will disappoint and will save the confidence of our partners in Africa. In addition, the EU will look weaker and will substitute itself under attack,” said Avramopoulos.
He stressed that the purpose of the Covenant: “to promote safe and regular migration” and the fight against organized smuggling of people. The German Bundestag approved the migration Pact at the end of November. The bill was passed after a heated debate.
Migration the UN Covenant, which has no legally binding force, causing a very mixed reaction in the world. This document should be formally adopted at the UN summit in Morocco in December. However, a number of countries, including USA, Australia, Israel, Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia have refused to join the Covenant.