European Commission to haul Czech, Hungary, Poland before court over refugee sharing

07 December, 2017, 19:36 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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The European Union on Thursday has made a decision to sue the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland after they failed to comply with the Union's migrant relocation measures despite having been warned several times. Brussels is determined to enforce the scheme launched at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 to share 160,000 refugees around the bloc and ease the burden on Greece and Italy. "The European Commission has today chose to refer the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for non-compliance with their legal obligations on relocation", the commission said.

The refugee relocation plan was adopted in a legally-binding vote by a majority of European Union member states, but not the three refusing to take part.

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 global protection from Italy and Greece.

There was no immediate reaction from Prague, Budapest or Warsaw, but all three have previously said the quotas are part of attempts by Brussels to limit national sovereignty.

"This is why, the commission has made a decision to move to the next stage of the infringement procedure and refer the three member states to the court of justice of the European Union". With over 32,000 persons having been relocated so far, there are still eligible applicants in Italy and Greece that should be relocated as a matter of priority. The EU's executive Commission sought reasons why but was given no satisfactory explanations.

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In both cases, Hungary has failed to address European Union concerns about the laws or amend the legislation to bring it in line with European Union standards.

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.

The law on nonprofits compels civic groups getting more than around $27,000 a year in funding from overseas to register themselves with a court and identify themselves as being "foreign-funded" on their websites and all publications.

Last month the ECJ warned Warsaw to stop logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests "immediately" or face fines of up to 100,000 euros a day.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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