On March 16th, S&D organised a demonstration in Brussels regarding the need for European Union to act immediately: EU Wake Up!
"With this symbolic action we want to attract media attention and show Europeans will not give in to fear. We will therefore be joined by European and national decision-makers including Martin Schulz, Federica Mogherini, Gianni Pittella, Sergei Stanishev, Elio Di Rupo and many more".
Faced with the refugee crisis, European govern ments have failed miserably. While European countries bicker amongst themselves, people are dying and Europe continues to disintegrate. We, the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and across Europe, call on the European heads of state and govern ment to work together to achieve real progress:
1. Humanitarian aid within Europe
Emergency humanitarian aid is needed – in Greece and elsewhere in Europe – to provide food, shelter and healthcare for refugees.
2. Fair burden sharing between countries
Financial aid is needed for Greece as well as for Syria’s neighbours.
3. Relocation of refugees and consequences for governments that refuse to honour their commitments
A decision has already been made to resettle refugees and it needs to be put in action immediately. We can no longer drag our feet. Governments that do not respect their legal obligations should face the consequences.
4. Measures to protect Schengen
The collapse of the border-free Schengen zone would be a disaster for the European Union. Temporary measures controls need to remain temporary and we need a clear plan to end them.
5. The Dublin Regulation needs to be revised
The Dublin Regulation stated that refugees need to file for asylum in the first country they reach. This agreement is now dead. The European Commission must come up with a realistic new solution that shares the responsibility between EU member states.
We must act now to save lives, to save Schengen, to save Europe.