“Today, the European Parliament has taken an important step by voting in favour of the Commission's proposal for relocation from Italy, Greece and Hungary of 120,000 people in clear need of international protection,” they said.
They added that they were grateful to the Parliament for the quickness they showed in responding to the unsuccessful outcome of the European Justice and Interior ministers’ meeting on Monday.
“The path is now clear for the Council to adopt our proposal. We urge Member States to take the necessary decisions at the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on 22 September 2015,” the Commission said.
The Commission had expressed their commitment to stand ready and work with Member States to relocate the refugees immediately.
European Parliamentarians earlier passed the vote with 370 in favour, 134 against and 52 abstentions.