EU ministers agree to migrant quota plan

European Union interior ministers approved a controversial plan Tuesday to relocate 120,000 migrants throughout the 28-nation bloc, overriding vehement opposition from four ex-communist eastern nations.

The interior ministers adopted the plan by majority vote ahead of a Wednesday summit of EU leaders, in which several central European countries will have a chance to again voice their opposition to the country-by-country quota proposal.

“It is necessary for EU countries to retain their sovereignty in this matter,” Czech Republic Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said. “It must be the governments who will decide.”

The Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania all voted against the quota plan, while Finland abstained.

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