While the Commission and the EP have paved the way for the trilogue
negotiations, the member states have so far failed to agree on a common
position. At the moment, it is still unclear whether and how the member states
will be able to reconcile their divergent ideas. Not only Greece and Italy, but also
other countries with high numbers of applicants, such as Germany and the
Netherlands, have repeatedly called for solidarity among all member states.
In Germany, however, the new extended criteria relating to family links are likely to
meet with opposition, especially from the Ministry of the Interior. Austria and the
Visegrád Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) have
repeatedly refused compulsory allocation mechanisms. It therefore seems
questionable whether the actors involved will be able to reach a compromise in
time before the relevant June meeting of the European Council.
There is also
the risk that this meeting will end without an agreement on a reform of the
Dublin III Regulation.