Migrant crisis: Ireland seeks changes to EU budget

Ireland is to join a number of EU countries in calling for a change in EU budget rules to reflect the financial cost of the refugee crisis, as the Government confirmed yesterday it would opt in to the EU’s refugee programme and accept a total of 4,000 refugees.

EU finance ministers gather on Friday for two days of meetings in Luxembourg, amid concern from member states that the cost of accepting extra refugees could eat into other domestic spending budgets.

A group of member states, led by Austria, has already raised the issue with theEuropean Commission, with Italy and Greece also expected to back the call to relax EU debt and deficit rules. The issue is expected to be discussed on the margins of the meeting.


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