The Czech Republic will take no more immigrants from Italy and Greece shared out under the EU’s quota system, interior Minister Milan Chovanec announced after the weekly Cabinet meeting on Monday.

Chovanec said the current allocation system was dysfunctional and worsened the existing security situation. Under the agreed share out the Czech Republic was expected to take around 2600 immigrants. So far it has taken just 12 from Greece.

Since May 2016, the Czechs have not offered resettlement for any refugee within the EU program that planned the redistribution of 160,000 refugees among the member countries.

The Czech Republic could face fines (up to tens of millions of euros) from the European Commission when it reviews how states have met their commitments after September.

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