Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

Furious Hungary vows to fight on against European Union refugee quotas

Furious Hungary vows to fight on against European Union refugee quotas

Slovakia expressed disappointment but said it would accept the failure of a case that it brought jointly with Hungary, highlighting its reluctance to join Budapest and Warsaw in outright confrontation with Brussels. According to the court [press release], the requirement of each European Union state to take a quota of refugees helps stabilize the 2015 migration crisis and that under law it has authority to "adopt all provisional measures necessary to respond effectively and swiftly to an emergency situation characterized by a sudden inflow of displaced persons".

As you know, the program of distribution of refugees, adopted in September 2015 by a majority of member States of the European Union, provided for the distribution of 160 thousand asylum seekers among European Union countries.

Since compulsory quotas were introduced in September 2015, Hungary has not accepted a single asylum seeker, while almost 28,000 people have been relocated under the scheme, far below the 160,000 target.

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Wednesday if the three did not act "in coming weeks" the Commission should consider taking "the last step in the infringement procedure, to refer Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to the European Court of Justice".

Slovakia has also confirmed that it will accept a few dozen refugees, in what the government calls fulfilment of an earlier commitment, not adherence to the quota plan.

Juncker also noted in his letter that "another form of European solidarity is represented by the EU's regional funds", and that the EU funds that Hungary will be receiving between 2014 and 2020 amount to more than 3 percent of its GDP, a percentage that is higher than for any other EU countries.

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

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

Slovakia and Hungary lost a challenge Wednesday to European Union regulations that would have them take in asylum seekers, taking the pressure off countries like Greece and Italy besieged by the 2015 migrant crisis.

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Why didn't Hungary and Slovakia want to take in the asylum seekers?

The verdict was welcomed by the European Commission, the executive of the 28-nation bloc. Of those, 19,200 were transferred from Greece and 8,212 from Italy.

Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania voted against the quotas.

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.

"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 worldwide protection", the Court of Justice found Wednesday.

He described the court's decision as political.

"The Hungarian and Slovakian governments" appeal to ECJ was a baseless attempt to make "refugee free zones' of their countries".

Budapest announced at the end of August that it will extend the state of emergency declared past year over the migrant crisis until March 2018, while Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said that the "threat of terrorism in Europe has increased", thus justifying increased border controls, according to The Associated Press.

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