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2. SOUNDBITE (French) Bernard Cazeneuve, French Interior Minister
"By constancy and credibility (the EU can respond properly to the migrant crisis). I am talking about the commitment that we took to host 30,000 people coming from the (migrant) hotspots in the coming weeks and months. France is ready for this, the first refugees arrived last Friday and we reiterated to the (European) Commission that France is ready to quickly implement its commitments. France increased the number of places available in the asylum centres, reorganised its administrative process in order to be ready to quickly implement these decisions."
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4. SOUNDBITE (French) Bernard Cazeneuve, French Interior Minister
"Regarding the hotspots and the EU external border control, the return conventions (return of failed asylum applicants) and the means we gave to NGOs for humanitarian aid, we need efficiency. It is a global crisis, it is a European crisis and it has consequences in our countries. All the governments put themselves under pressure. Efficiency is self-control, and it is also implementing in a concrete manner the decision we already took. Efficiency and solidarity are working together, and solidarity will not appear if we are not efficient in implementing our decisions (walks away)."
France has urged its European Union partners to increase efficiency and act quickly to implement the decisions already taken to welcome refugees and control the flow of migrants.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Monday repeated that France is keeping its commitment to welcome 30,000 refugees, saying "It is a global crisis, it is a European crisis and it has consequences in our countries."
Cazeneuve's call came as he was leaving a meeting with his EU counterparts in Brussels focused on speeding up Europe's response to the migrant crisis.