European Union to sue Poland, Hungary and Czechs for refusing refugee quotas

European Union to sue Poland, Hungary and Czechs for refusing refugee quotas

European Union to sue Poland, Hungary and Czechs for refusing refugee quotas

Budapest faced a triple legal whammy from Brussels on December 7, with the European Commission also taking Hungary to the ECJ over a crackdown on education and foreign-backed civil society groups that critics say targets United States billionaire George Soros.

They will be referred to the European Court of Justice for "non-compliance with their legal obligations on relocation", the commission said in a statement, referring to the three countries' staunch refusal to take part in an EU scheme forcing migrants on unwilling nations.

The temporary emergency relocation scheme was established in two Council Decisions in September 2015 (Council Decision (EU) 2015/1523 and Council Decision (EU) 2015/1601), in which Member States committed to relocate persons in need of worldwide protection from Italy and Greece.

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.

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The Commission also said all other member states "have relocated and pledged in the past months" whereas Hungary has not taken any action since the scheme began.

In 2015 European Union states agreed to relocate 160,000 asylum-seekers between them based on the size and wealth of each country, however, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary voted against accepting mandatory quotas.

The Czech Republic has not relocated anyone since August 2016 and not made any new pledges for over a year.

The Commission has been reporting regularly on implementation of the two Council Decisions through its regular relocation and resettlement reports, which it has used to call for the necessary action to be taken.

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The EU's "relocation" scheme is now wrapping up having moved 32,000 out of an originally planned total of 160,000, but it caused bad blood when it was forced through two years ago despite the objections of some countries.

-Press release: European Agenda on Migration: Consolidating progress made.

-Monitoring of the European Union law in the area of Home Affairs.

The European Parliament also voted to start an EU sanctions procedure over Warsaw's controversial judicial reforms that could eventually suspend Polish voting rights in the bloc.

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