Horst Seehofer, the Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community, said:
The proposal the European Commission presented today provides a good basis for concrete discussions with the EU member states, which I will start without delay. Our aim is to reach agreement on the principles of the EU’s migration and asylum policy in the remaining months of Germany’s Council Presidency. There is currently no functioning European migration policy, as the recent events in Moria have clearly shown. Europe’s fate will be determined by its migration policy. We urgently need a truly fresh start. Europe has the chance to show the world that it stands united even on this difficult issue.
Reforming European migration and asylum policy is one of the top priorities of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2020. The EU home affairs ministers are scheduled to have the first formal discussion of the European Commission’s proposals at their next meeting on 8 October.