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Germany, France demand changes to EU refugee-sharing plan, no permanent system

  • Migrants disembark from the Italian Coast Guard ship Peluso, on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, Sunday, May 31, 2015. Around 75,000 migrants have been picked up trying to enter Italy and Greece from Libya so far this year. More than 1,800 are feared to have died. Most rescue emergencies happen some 40 nautical miles from Libya. (AP Photo/Mauro Buccarello)

    Migrants disembark from the Italian Coast Guard ship Peluso, on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, Sunday, May 31, 2015. Around 75,000 migrants have been picked up trying to enter Italy and Greece from Libya so far this year. More than 1,800 are feared to have died. Most rescue emergencies happen some 40 nautical miles from Libya. (AP Photo/Mauro Buccarello)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syrian migrants aboard a dinghy arrive at the port of Kos island following a rescue operation by Greek Coast Guard in a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece Sunday, May 31, 2015. Greece and Italy are the main points of entry into the European Union for refugees and economic migrants from the Middle East and Africa hoping to reach other European Union countries. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Syrian migrants aboard a dinghy arrive at the port of Kos island following a rescue operation by Greek Coast Guard in a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece Sunday, May 31, 2015. Greece and Italy are the main points of entry into the European Union for refugees and economic migrants from the Middle East and Africa hoping to reach other European Union countries. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • A dinghy with Syrian migrants is towed by a Greek Coast Guard patrol boat into the port of Kos, Greece, following a rescue operation in a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Greece and Italy are the main points of entry into the European Union for refugees and economic migrants from the Middle East and Africa hoping to reach other European Union countries. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    A dinghy with Syrian migrants is towed by a Greek Coast Guard patrol boat into the port of Kos, Greece, following a rescue operation in a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Greece and Italy are the main points of entry into the European Union for refugees and economic migrants from the Middle East and Africa hoping to reach other European Union countries. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

Key European Union nations France and Germany are opposed to new EU proposals to help Italy and Greece cope with a massive influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

The EU's executive Commission has a plan for sharing Syrian and Eritrean refugees over the next two years, as thousands of migrants attempt the perilous sea crossing. The system would see France and Germany host many of them.

The French and German interior ministers said in a statement Monday that the formula "should take more properly into account the efforts already made by member states regarding international protection, and other forms of assistance."

The Commission will propose a permanent system late this year for use during high migration flows but the ministers insist that it should "remain temporary and exceptional."