Polish, German ministers appeal to EC for refugee plan

Kaminski and Faeser also said that all EU member states should be obliged to accept refugees and Ukrainians should have the right to unrestricted travel to a chosen destination within the European Union. Paweł Supernak/PAP

The Polish and German interior ministers, Mariusz Kaminski and Nancy Faeser, have urged the European Commission (EC) to create a transport system for refugees and provide funding to the countries most affected by the crisis.

Over 2.3 million Ukrainian refugees have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border by Monday morning, the Polish Border Guard have reported, while the total number of people who have fled Ukraine is getting close to four million.

Bartosz Grodecki, a Polish deputy interior minister, told PAP that the appeal "concerns the creation of a safe and dedicated system for transporting Ukrainian refugees to other (EU) member states as well as preparing a special and efficient system of refunding the general reception costs borne by the most affected European Union countries."

In their letter to EC Vice President Margaritis Schinas and Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson, Kaminski and Faeser said the funding needs are now in the range of billions of euros.

According to them, the EU should refund such refugee costs such as accommodation, social care, education and healthcare.

The ministers have suggested a flat rate of EUR 1,000 per refugee for the first six months, which would be re-evaluated after the six-month period ends.

Poland has estimated its initial cost of hosting refugees at PLN 2.2 billion, the ministers said.

Kaminski and Faeser also said that all EU member states should be obliged to accept refugees and Ukrainians should have the right to unrestricted travel to a chosen destination within the European Union.