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Home NATIONALGovt to discuss Mediterranean refugee crisis today
Tue, 08 Sep, 2015 12:07:42 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Sep 8
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (C)led cabinet of the government. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
The government meets today to decide on new measures and additional resources following the worsening Mediterranean refugee crisis.
At the same time the government is set to deliberate on the position of the country on the European Commission’s new proposal regarding the relocation of asylum seekers within the European Union.
The Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party) do not agree with the Commission’s proposal on the same basis as back in the summer. The party believes the decision should be taken at the EU level and in practice, the move is forced.
“The Finns Party does not support this proposal like it did not support the previous so called voluntary compulsion,” Sampo Terho, the chair of Finns Party parliamentary group told news agency STT on Monday.
Part of difference within the government also emanates from question whether to interpret the procedure as voluntary or obligatory.
The Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party) has stressed for a voluntary approach but in principle the party is not ill disposed to the relocation of the asylum seekers.
Arto Satonen, the chair of the Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party) parliamentary group on Monday refused to divulge the position of the party on the issue because the European Commission proposal is yet to be released. 
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