"Some of [the refugees] had normal lives: a job, a family. They didn't want to run. They had to. It is not because you ran away that you are a poor person."
The agreement includes the donation of 1 million euros as a symbolic acknowledgement and the purchase of the Cinqfontaines Abbey, which was a Nazi internment camp, converting it into a memorial.
"The main reason is to have a better quality of mobility, and then the side reason is clearly also environmental issues."
Israel is reportedly concerned about the initiative, but Israeli and European officials noted that the issue will likely not be discussed during the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday.