* Lithuanian deputies sent a letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, rejecting the imposition of sanctions on Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for their refusal to accept migrants under the EU quota system.
** The article below is written in Polish. We did our best to translate the main highlights to English. The letter from Lithuania is well-written and straight to the point.
1. “The decision to launch the mechanism of relocation of immigrants by quota was made with the omission of some Member States. This decision – and more broadly the whole EU migration policy – has been rejected by a large proportion of European citizens. The complexity and fragility of this solution and its implications for the responsible, democratically elected governments of the Member States should also be taken into account here.”
2. “The openness of the European community to globalization is slowly becoming dangerous, and the ever wider opening of borders facilitates the spread of terrorism and creates enormous social tensions, posing a direct threat to the security of states and citizens. It should be kept in mind that in May 2015 the Commission presented proposals for action to combat trafficking in the Mediterranean and to strengthen the EU’s external borders. Unfortunately, these ideas have not been implemented to the extent necessary to achieve the intended results, and the EU’s migration policy continues to focus on managing consequences rather than addressing the root causes of illicit migration.”
3. “This is clearly stated in art. 4 and 5 of the Treaty on European Union. Respect for the agreement reached in the EU Council on the relocation of immigrants also means respect for the sovereign right of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and other EU Member States to refuse such a solution. Although Lithuania adheres to this agreement, we must be aware that every country has a sovereign right to choose, for objective reasons, concrete action to ensure its citizens’ safety. We believe that in view of the growing threat of Islamic terrorism, the decision of some governments to close borders is justified and understandable. We are convinced that coercion, undermining the sovereignty of the Member States, would deepen only the regional divisions and undermined the foundations of the EU as a community that aspires to unity.”
*** The V4 Report is encouraged by the growing support, which is often muted, for Visegrad by an increasing number of CEE states. Lithuania and the Baltic states see the mayhem of mass migration and multiculturalism destabilizing the streets of Western Europe and do not wish to experience this in their own countries.
Economic alliances such as the Three Seas Initiative are also attractive to the Baltic states. While these CEE nations will remain cautious in balancing their support between Visegrad and Brussels for now, the success of the V4 Core will provide them with an attractive model for the future. The V4 contains some of the fastest growing economies in the EU. They have done this without sacrificing their culture or security and will continue to attract foreign capital for the foreseeable future.
Like Viktor Orban, we believe the future foundation of Europe will be centered around Central Europe. It’s only a matter of time before this region builds and strengthens their own core to challenge (not confront) the heavy influence of Germany and France in Europe.
Onward V4! Your bold leadership is slowly attracting others to the cause.