PRAGUE – The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):
A year after the European Union launched its refugee sharing plan so member countries could help overwhelmed Greece and Italy less than five percent of the migrants have been relocated.
European Commission figures show that only 4,473 asylum seekers were relocated as of Sept. 1.
The plan is a cornerstone of the EU's strategy to deal with more than one million people who entered Europe last year in search of sanctuary or jobs. It commits countries to relocate 160,000 refugees from Greece, Italy or any other member state deemed unable to cope by September 2017.
EU Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Monday that, despite the slow pace, "what we are doing is not insignificant."
The Commission polices EU agreements and can take action to ensure they are respected.
Czech President Milos Zeman says his country and the entire European Union should help Bulgaria guard its border with Turkey in efforts to stop migrants.
Bulgaria is an EU member but is not part of the EU visa-free Schengen zone. Some refugees have traveled through its territory on their way to rich western European states.
The influx of refugees to Greece and also Bulgaria was significantly reduced after a recent deal between Turkey and the EU.
After meeting his Bulgarian counterpart, Rosen Plevneliev, on Monday, Zeman said details of the Czech deployment in Bulgaria are already being worked out.
The Czechs sent 50 police officers to Hungary to help guard the border with Serbia on Monday and previously also deployed dozens of officers in Greece, Slovenia and Macedonia.