That agreement does not, however, include quotas or exact details about how the distribution will occur, matters that will be tabled until the next meeting of EU ministers scheduled for October 8.
"This is an important first step," said Maiziere according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel, and as quoted by daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
EU interior ministers gathered in Brussels today for an emergency meeting about the refugee crisis. During the meeting countries were to have discussed so-called "safe countries." Those might include countries in the western Balkans where many asylum seekers enter the EU only to be denied most often.