V4 Report: Slovakia ??: Some remarks from new Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini regarding EU migrant quotas and reputation of country following Robert Fico’s resignation.
– EU migrant quotas: Pellegrini was in Brussels to meet the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the European council president, Donald Tusk. He said his government would be ardently pro-European, but that it would continue to reject the EU’s quota system for the dispersal of migrants.
Pellegrini suggested Juncker and the commission understood the system of mandatory relocation would not work. “We are offering some other measures”, he said. “Some solidarity measures. We are prepared to increase our contribution, help other countries with technical support, financially, or something like that, but please, it is very difficult in our areas to talk about mandatory quotas.”
– Reputation of Slovakia regarding the murder of a journalist and resignation of Robert Fico: “I am very sorry for the fact that the murders are running four days ahead of us. The problem is that the murder did occur on Wednesday, but the people were reported missing on the Sunday. This is far too much in case of a murder,” he said.
“It seems it was … very professional. That is why it may be very difficult to find. But for my government, for myself, for our citizens it is very important to find the perpetrator as quickly as possible.”
“My first task is to rebuild the image of Slovakia and I will do the utmost to make sure that people will not portray Slovakia with an unfair image.”
“Slovakia has recently been placed as 17th in the world in terms of freedom of the press. Slovakia continues to score highly in terms of security and crime rate. I really strongly refute the image of Slovakia as a country being run by the mafia, which is an image being spread by several individuals or groups of people.”
** We wish the new leader of Slovakia the best. We do not know much about him but he is in a difficult position. We are encouraged regarding his remarks on the EU migrant quotas.
It is vital that Visegrad and others in Central Europe remain united on this issue to counterbalance the influence of Berlin and Paris.