REFUGEES: EU Court Rejects Hungary And Slovakia’s Bid To Not Take In More Refugees
The EU court has dismissed legal action by Hungary and Slovakia challenging a European Union policy requiring them to accept refugees. And people wonder why I’m so eager for the United Kingdom to leave the EU.
Hungary is not happy with the verdict and plans to appeal it.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said the ruling was “outrageous and irresponsible,” the Associated Press reports, and vowed Hungary would fight any attempts to resettle migrants there without government approval.
This is the most frustrating bit about the EU for me. EU laws overrule our own countries law. The fact that these countries do not have control over their boarders angers me. Any decisions the EU makes is legally binding. Right now, it is unclear what the punishment will be for the countries who do meet their quota for the relocation plan.
The EU Commission is pursuing an “infringement procedure” against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for failing to accept refugees. Slovakia has recently agreed to accept a few refugees, so it’s not included in that action.
For those who were not aware, the EU had set up a relocation plan to help Italy and Greece out with the migrant reflux. It was set up in September 2015, and the plan was to relocated 120k people from Italy and Greece to other EU member states. It was approved as part of efforts to boost ‘EU solidarity by sharing the burden. The plan expires on the 26th of this month.
“Only 24,000 … refugees from Greece and Italy have been transferred to other states. … Under the policy, Hungary is required to take in 1,294 refugees and Slovakia 902.”
The policy ends pretty soon so it’ll be interesting to see what action the EU take. I think it is personally unwise for them to keep pushing the matter. Especially after they made the $6 billion deal with Turkey country last March.