• 17-SEP-2015

  • SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

MEPs pressure Member States to relocate 120,000 additional refugees

An emergency proposal to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from Italy, Greece and Hungary among EU member states was backed by Parliament on Thursday. The first temporary emergency rules for relocating an initial 40,000 over two years from Italy and Greece only were approved by Parliament on 9 September 

Following today's vote S&D President Gianni Pittella said:

"Through today's vote, Parliament has once again shown that it is the front runner in supporting the brave proposals of the EU Commission on migration. This is in line with the solidarity demonstrated by thousands of NGOs and ordinary people across Europe in the last few weeks. In the last Council meeting, an irresponsible minority of national governments showed reluctance to accept the relocation of 120,000 refugees across Europe however the overwhelming majority expressed their readiness to take tough decisions and tackle this humanitarian crisis with a common and solidarity based approach."

This HD broadcast B-ROLL contains:

  • extracts of the plenary vote on the emergency proposal to relocate 120.000 refugees
  • Interview with Gianni Pittella, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament
  • recent stockshots of the Hungary-Serbia border and Röszke refugee camp (Hungary)