Hungary, Slovakia lose fight against European Union migration deal

Saul Bowman
September 7, 2017

It is being widely accepted that the highest court will dismiss the challenge posed by the Eastern European Countries. "The door remains, it is still open, and we should convince all member states to fulfill their commitments", he said. He added: 'The real battle is only just beginning'. Only around 24,000 people have been relocated so far.

He described the court's decision as political.

However, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto slammed the verdict as "irresponsible", saying it "threatens the security of all of Europe".

Earlier in August, according to the website of the Hungarian government, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen said that Hungary is willing to offer asylum to Aideen Strandsson, a Christian convert who is facing deportation to Iran after being denied asylum in Sweden.

In the suit, the two countries protested against the decision passed by the EU Council amid the peak of the migration crisis in 2015, introducing a quota mechanism to help relocated refugees from Greece and Italy.

Some Eastern European countries namely Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic refused to take part in the quota system and accept a single refugee fearing social disturbance.

EU lawmakers are welcoming a court ruling rejecting an appeal by Hungary and Slovakia against the European Union's flagship refugee-sharing scheme. The EU institutions are entitled "to adopt all provisional measures necessary to respond effectively and swiftly to an emergency situation characterised by a sudden inflow of displaced persons", the court wrote.

Their case was supported by Poland, where a right-wing government has come to power since the 2015 deal.

A looming question is whether the commission will renew the relocation program in defiance of countries like Hungary.


Beata Szydlo, the Polish prime minister, said: 'We expected this decision.

The two countries defied an European Union plan to resettle 120,000 registered refugees across the 28 member states through a quota system.

'It is time to be united and show full solidarity, ' Mr Avramopoulos said.

"Does Hungary really mean it, when authorities say they want to show solidarity?"

Avramopoulos warned that if member states under the commission's probe do not change their approach in the "coming weeks", they would be referred to the ECJ.

The program is considered a key part of the EU's migration policy.

"Right from the beginning, we have differentiated between economic migrants and genuine asylum-seekers".

On Wednesday, the ECJ said that it had "dismissed in its entirety the actions brought by Slovakia and Hungary", which aimed to have the quota system annulled.

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