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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected a complaint by Hungary and Slovakia against the redistribution of refugees in the EU

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 | World News

. According to the highest European court, the binding quotas adopted by the EU were right. Slovakia will accept the verdict, Hungary and Poland will continue to block. Foreign Minister Gabriel expects reliability from the EU partners, Minister of the Interior de Maizière threatens with an EU procedure.

"The verdict is a political decision: politics has violated European law, European values," said Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. His country will not continue to receive any refugees. "The real battle begins only now," said Szijjarto. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo also said that she had expected the verdict. "However, this does not necessarily change the position of the Polish government as regards migration policy."

Decision of EU Interior Ministers two years ago
The interior ministers of the EU Member States reached agreement on the distribution key at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015. Since then, Slovakia and Hungary raided the decision, refused to accept refugees and finally filed lawsuits. Poland also does not record any refugees.

"The mechanism supports Greece and Italy in their dealings with the effects of the refugee crisis," the source said. The redistribution was permissible as a temporary measure and also suited to relieve Greece and Italy. Affected by the measure are people who have good chances of asylum, for example because they come from the civil war country Syria.

Slovakia accepts the judgment
While Hungary continues to show itself hard, Slovakia is leading the way. The country will accept the judgment, "said Robert Fico, the social-democratic government of the country. Slovakia wanted to be part of the core of the European Union and be solidarity. A spokesman for the foreign ministry said the distribution by quotas did not work in practice. However, the situation is no longer as difficult as it was two years ago.

 Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) urged both countries to act swiftly. "Solidarity is not a one-way street," Gabriel said. Among the EU partners, there should also be a need for reliable questions. He had always told the Eastern European partners that it was correct to clarify questions if there was any doubt. "But we also expect all European partners to stick to the ruling and now implement the resolutions without hesitation."

Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière, said that the Eastern European states now have to fulfill their commitments – including the need to properly accommodate and provide refugees. "If that does not happen, there is also the means of the infringement procedure, which must then be applied accordingly," de Maizière said.

Penalties are now possible
The ECJ now found that the decision was then properly taken. A formal law involving the national parliaments was not required. The Treaty of Lisbon authorizes the EU institutions to "take all the provisional measures necessary to react effectively and quickly to an emergency characterized by the sudden influx of displaced persons".

Should Hungary, Slovakia or other EU countries continue to block the decision and the reception of refugees, the EU Commission could, on a sound legal basis, pursue so-called infringement proceedings, which ultimately result in high fines. The Brussels authorities had already taken the first steps towards this end in June against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.


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