Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have all lashed out at the decision, which will leave countries who wish to control their own borders with bills of hundreds of millions of euros.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said the plan, which was announced today, was a “dead-end street.”
He said: “Regarding the fines proposed by the European Commission, it is blackmailing.”
Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak echoed these claims and said it was “a bad system – it makes no sense.”
Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kalinak was the third minister to slam the proposals.
He said: “In the middle of these very sensitive talks, a proposal is put on the table that sets us back nine months and does not reflect reality in some aspects.”
European ministers have slammed the proposed fines as “blackmail”
Hungary and Slovakia are currently disputing the migrant quotas in EU courts.
The EU is desperately trying to clear a bottleneck of 100,000 migrants in Greece and Italy
He said: “The UK has an opt-in to any EU proposals on justice and home affairs issues. It is not bound to sign up to the proposals the commission has published today and we will have three months to consider whether or not to do so.
The fines were unveiled as the European Union struggles to unblock the migrant bottlenecks in Greece and Italy, which together have seen an influx of over 100,000 migrants since January.
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