Wednesday 27 May, the European Commission put forward proposals on the relocation of refugees and asylum-seekers arriving in Italy and Greece to other European countries. Under the proposal, 40.000 people from Italy and Greece would be relocated to other EU countries, and 20.000 refugees from outside the EU would be resettled in the EU. Participating Member States will receive financial support.
The Commission first proposal on relocation, together with the presentation of its Migration Agenda, was not received well by many Member States. For the relocation-plan, the Commission however proposes to use an emergency response mechanism foreseen in the treaties, for which no unanimity in the Council is needed.