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European Union sues Czechs, Hungary, Poland over refugee quotas

07 December 2017, 09:51 | Opal Carroll

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The replies provided by the three Member States were not found satisfactory and the Commission chose to move to the next stage of the infringement procedure by sending reasoned opinions on 26 July 2017.

The European Commission on Thursday made a decision to haul the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland before the Court of Justice of the EU, in the latest legal action against them for not taking in refugees.

The move was an attempt to relieve pressure on Greece and Italy where the vast majority of migrants were arriving. For Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic this legal precedent - not news, but a logical effect.

The Commission has launched legal action against the three member states earlier this year, sending them a "Letter of Formal Notice" in June and a "Reasoned Opinion" in July.

The bloc, however, found the trio's response unsatisfactory, saying that "the three countries have given no indication that they will contribute to the implementation of the relocation decision".

The Commission also said it would take Hungary to the ECJ, the EU's highest court, over its controversial higher education law, which critics say curbs academic freedom.

He said the quota system had fuelled anti-migrant sentiment and played into the hands of the far right.

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Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski also said his government was "ready to defend its position in the court".

The EU took the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the bloc's top court on December 7 over their refusal to accept quotas for asylum-seekers, setting up a new clash between Brussels and key eastern states.

The organization has also chose to file a lawsuit in the European court of justice against Hungary adopted in this country, the laws on non-governmental organizations and higher education.

If the member state still refuses to comply, the Commission may then decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice.

We will remind, recently the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban said that Central Europe is the last place on the continent, "free migrants".

Hungary has been given a deadline of two months to respond to the latest step in the Commission's action over the law.

The commission said the laws "indirectly discriminate and disproportionately restrict donations from overseas to civil society organisations".



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