EU to open talks on 'flexibility' for refugee costs (3)

Luxembourg duty presidency says issue will be debated

(ANSA) - Brussels, September 11 - The Luxembourg duty presidency of the European Union has decided to open talks on whether member States' spending on migrants and refugees could enable them to benefit from the flexibility clause in the European budget rules, Luxembourg Economy Minister Pierre Gramegna announced at the end of Friday's Econfin meeting.
    Gramegna said that the European Commission will conduct an initial analysis on the impact on public finances of the refugee flows.
    On the basis is this, the duty presidency will then open a debate among member States about whether to consider the crisis "an extraordinary situation in relation to the Stability and Growth Pact," he said.


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