The United Kingdom has opted against taking part in the relocation scheme and has its own plan to resettle migrants directly from Syrian refugee camps.
“The decision has shown fundamental differences in how the migrant crisis is perceived in different EU states”, said Radko Hokovsky, director of European Values, a Czech research group.
Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico was among those who insisted he would not accept the agreement.
It added: “The root causes of the refugee crisis must be addressed”.
He said quotas “take into account the realities of every state”.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the plan had been approved by a “crushing majority”.
The country fought earlier plans to establish quotas per country based on wealth and other criteria, and apparently won an exemption from the deal.
Mr Iohannis said “it is an unusual and inopportune thing that a vote was forced”, but added that “Romania is not against refugees, or receiving refugees“.
The Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia are vehemently opposed to any obligatory quotas, while Poland, Latvia and Estonia are also skeptical. His government warned the quota schemes were unworkable, Sky News reported.
“We will soon realise that the emperor has no clothes”.
The mandatory quotas for the redistribution of refugees are no solution to the migration crisis and will not work, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, ČSSD) said today.
In 2010 Smer won the popular vote but failed to form a coalitio, leading to a centre-right government alliance led by Iveta Radicova, which lasted just two years.
“Today´s decision will not solve the crisis but without it we would not have been in the possibility to take the next steps”.
But those nations have made it clear that they do not want to grant asylum to any of the migrants. They can also search homes for illegal migrants.
Indeed, more than 6,000 people could arrive in Greece alone on Tuesday when interior ministers meet in Brussels and on Wednesday, while European Union leaders hold a summit to discuss medium and long-term policy plans.
In a letter to the leaders ahead of the summit, European Council president Donald Tusk said they needed to look at the “brutal reality” of the situation. In this vote, a large majority of member states voted in favour, thus the proposal was accepted.
‘The protection of the European community is our first duty and obligation and we have failed on this front’.
Hungary has also installed spools of razor wire near a border crossing with Slovenia, which like Hungary is part of the EU’s Schengen zone of passport-free travel.
Fico’s stance was echoed by Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak. Like other opponents, Romania called on the union to regain control of its borders before talking about allocating refugees.