Europe

Italy: Don't want to take migrants? Then you pay

  • Migrants and refugees crowd the tracks of a railway station used as a makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The European Union pressed ahead Wednesday with efforts to persuade Turkey to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe and take back thousands more by offering Turkish citizens the prospect of visa-free travel within the bloc. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Migrants and refugees crowd the tracks of a railway station used as a makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The European Union pressed ahead Wednesday with efforts to persuade Turkey to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe and take back thousands more by offering Turkish citizens the prospect of visa-free travel within the bloc. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • A child flies a kite near a fence at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The European Union pressed ahead Wednesday with efforts to persuade Turkey to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe and take back thousands more by offering Turkish citizens the prospect of visa-free travel within the bloc. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    A child flies a kite near a fence at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The European Union pressed ahead Wednesday with efforts to persuade Turkey to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe and take back thousands more by offering Turkish citizens the prospect of visa-free travel within the bloc. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mohammed Majd Nasser, right, sits with his relatives leaving for the camp of Ladakia at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The European Union pressed ahead Wednesday with efforts to persuade Turkey to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe and take back thousands more by offering Turkish citizens the prospect of visa-free travel within the bloc. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Mohammed Majd Nasser, right, sits with his relatives leaving for the camp of Ladakia at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The European Union pressed ahead Wednesday with efforts to persuade Turkey to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe and take back thousands more by offering Turkish citizens the prospect of visa-free travel within the bloc. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

A top aide to Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says Rome supports a proposal by the European Union's executive to fine nations for refusing migrants they were supposed to accept.

Fewer than 600 of 40,000 asylum-seekers who were supposed to be relocated from Italy to other EU countries have been transferred since October.

On Thursday, the European Commission proposed that countries refusing to accept migrants should face fines of 250,000 euros ($287,000) per person rejected.

Undersecretary for European Affairs Sandro Gozi said Thursday that Italy backs the proposal.

He says it's "unacceptable" some didn't honor their obligation to accept asylum-seekers who were supposed to be relocated from Italy, Greece and Hungary.