European Union sues Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland over low refugee intake

07 Декабря, 2017, 20:58 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • EC to sue Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary over migrants

Despite the confirmation by the Court of Justice of the European Union of the validity of the relocation scheme in its ruling from the 6 September, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland remain in breach of their legal obligations.

Passed at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, the controversial rule dictates that asylum seekers who illegally breach Europe's borders be "fairly" redistributed across the bloc through a quota system.

On 15 June 2017, the Commission launched infringement procedures against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

Their cases are being referred to Europe's top tribunal, the Court of Justice.

But the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland have taken in nearly none in two years.

On the Hungarian asylum law, a response from Budapest to a letter from the Commission was "found to be unsatisfactory as it failed to address the majority of the concerns", the Commission said in a statement.

The EU Commission launched infringement procedures against the three countries in June and twice demanded an explanation for the non-compliance.

The Commission's second in command, Vice-President Frans Timmermans, said he did his utmost to avoid legal action and that the three could still do something about it as a few thousand people in the Greek islands remain eligible to be distributed. That's not what we want.

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Responding to the move, Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said his nation "is ready to defend its position in the Court", and declared: "No one will lift the duty of providing public safety from the Polish government".

-Progress Report on the European Agenda on Migration.

Newly appointed Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has moved to stop the cases being referred to the European Court of Justice, telling local news agency CTK that he wanted to negotiate further with the EU.

Separately, the commission is also taking Hungary to the ECJ over its laws on higher education and NGOs.

It said in a statement that it was suing Hungary as the education law "disproportionally restricts European Union and non-EU universities in their operations and needs to be brought back in line with European Union law".

Hungary's right-wing government is looking to pass a higher education law that could close the Central European University, founded by financier and philanthropist George Soros.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban considers Soros a key political foe, mainly due to their diverging views on migration.

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