Hungary & Slovakia Lose Refugee-Quota Protest

Hungary & Slovakia Lose Refugee-Quota Protest

Hungary & Slovakia Lose Refugee-Quota Protest

"Due to the ongoing instability and conflicts in the immediate neighborhood of Italy and Greece, and the repercussions in migratory flows on other member states, it is very likely that a significant and increased pressure will continue to be put on their migration and asylum systems, with a significant proportion of the migrants who may be in need of global protection", the Court of Justice found Wednesday.

"Politics has raped European law and values", Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto said after the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that the refugee relocation scheme "actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate". Hungary and Slovakia (which accepted quota system but took in few refugees than mandated) brought the case to ECJ that will announce its ruling on the issue today, which will be released around 7:30 GMT.

They also say that opening their borders to refugees from migrants from war-torn countries such as Syria could leave them open to the threat of terrorism.

"We fully respect the verdict of the European Court of Justice", Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico told outlets including the AP.

The Commission's chief spokesman, however, denied a report that the executive would propose a new round of 40,000 relocations.

If Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic do not cooperate with the relocation scheme, they could be referred to the ECJ and face heavy fines.

Article 78 (3) of the EU Treaty provides that 'in the event of one or more Member States being confronted by an emergency situation characterised by a sudden inflow of nationals of third countries, the Council, on a proposal from the Commission, may adopt provisional measures for the benefit of the Member State (s) concerned'.

Hungary & Slovakia Lose Refugee-Quota Protest
Hungary & Slovakia Lose Refugee-Quota Protest

Some 54,000 are now due to be taken from camps in Turkey, which lowers the total figure to be relocated from Greece and Italy. He called it a political decision and vowed that Hungary would continue to challenge European Union efforts to force countries into taking in migrants.

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Slovakia said that it accepted the top court decision but it was still against the refugee scheme.

"If we push it through above their heads, they will use it in their anti-EU propaganda at home", another European Union diplomat said of Poland and Hungary, where the nationalist-minded governments are embroiled in disputes with Brussels over democratic rules.

While Brussels has insisted the move is necessary to help deal with the 1.6 million people who arrived in Greece and Italy since 2014, the countries say it is not their responsibility.

The court "observes in particular that the small number of relocations so far carried out under the contested decision can be explained by a series of factors that the Council could not have foreseen at the time when the decision was adopted, including, in particular, the lack of cooperation on the part of certain Member States", it said.

Human rights groups have criticized Hungary and Poland for their reluctance to take in any refugees.

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