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Von der Leyen calls for handling migration ‘effectively and humanely’ in Czech Republic

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« Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, emphasized the need for European solutions to address migration challenges ‘effectively and humanely’ during a joint press with Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala held in Prague on Tuesday.
« We want indeed to support Member States in managing migration effectively and humanely. We are going to see how we can help Czechia in this context », said Von der Leyen.
She reaffirmed the European Commission’s commitment to assist member countries, particularly concerning the reception of Ukrainian refugees, by proposing an increase in budget targets by 15 billion euros (15.89 billion USD) specifically to help member states on migration-related matters.
While discussing energy policy, von der Leyen acknowledged that the choice of the energy mix remains a national prerogative in Czechia but expressed the Commission’s willingness to consider state aid under appropriate conditions.
« I am indeed very glad to announce that we have approved today your revised NextGenerationEU plan, including the new REPowerEU chapter. The revised plan brings now 2.2 billion euros (2.33 USD) in additional funding for Czechia, » Von der Leyen announced.
According to the Czech government registers, the country became the most significant recepient of Ukraine refugees in the European Union in 2022, with 473,216 Ukrainian refugees arriving to the country by the end of the year.
Czech Republic reinforced its border controls in September 2022, as officials reported a notable increase in irregular migration arriveing to the country through the so-called Western Balkan route into Western Europe. »

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