Italian PM threatens to cut EU aid to V4 countries?
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The Italian prime minister has been quoted saying that the EU could rethink its funding package for CEE member states, including the Visegrad Group, unless they do more to help as Europe continues to be buffeted by a refugee crisis.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the end of the first day of an extraordinary two-day EU summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ
“Solidarity cannot just be about taking,” Italian PM Matteo Renzi was quoted by the Italian ANSA news agency, as saying.
“Now the phase of planning of 2020 funds is starting. Either you show solidarity in taking and giving, or we net contributor countries will stop showing solidarity too,” Renzi said, according to ANSA’s sources.
The comments came during a summit of EU leaders in Brussels over the UK’s future in the European Union on Thursday, a few days after a meeting of Visegrad Group leaders (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) called for a fence to be installed closing off Macedonia and Bulgaria's borders with Greece, as the refugee crisis continues.
Italy has been one of the countries worst affected by the migration crisis. (rg/pk)