The Czech government and opposition are both voicing opposition to a proposed reform of European Union migration policies that would mean each EU nation has to take a set number of asylum-seekers.
The EUs executive Commission is proposing a reform in which a “distribution key” to spread asylum applicants around the EU would be a key element. But efforts to distribute the recent influx of refugees already caused serious friction with many EU nations - including the Czech Republic.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Wednesday that “the Czech government won't agree with any system of mandatory permanent quotas.”
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said any mandatory distribution of migrants won't work because “the people don't want to be here.”
The opposition Civic Democratic Party said the proposal limits the sovereignty of EU member countries.