Refugee crisis: ECJ rules against Hungary and Slovakia

Written by Martin Banks on 6 September 2017 in News
News

A key ruling by the European Court of Justice on member states' refugee obligations has generally been welcomed by MEPs.

Refugee arrivals | Photo credit: Press Association


On Wednesday, the court ruled against Hungary and Slovakia's appeal against the EU decision to relocate refugees from Greece and Italy, stating that the scheme "actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate". 

The ruling was greeted by Ska Keller, co-Chair of Parliament's Greens/EFA group, who said, "Now that the ECJ has dismissed the actions of Hungary and Slovakia against the redistribution of refugees, there is no excuse.

"Finally, those member states which have so far boycotted redistribution must also deliver. Solidarity in the EU is not a one-way street. Government leaders such as Viktor Orbán cannot demand more money for border protection, while blocking the reception of refugees from Greece and Italy."


RELATED CONTENT


Keller, who Parliament's rapporteur on relocation decisions, added, "This ruling is a milestone for the EU. The ECJ confirmed that solidarity is a key principle of the common asylum policy.

"All member states must now live up to their obligations; it is insane that most countries are still lagging far behind. The European Commission should also follow-up with the infringement proceedings initiated against Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland for not doing their part."

Claude Moraes, the Chair of Parliament's civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, said, "Member states cannot dodge their responsibilities; today's verdict has shown this. 

"The Parliament has consistently called on member states to quickly uphold their commitments, since the adoption of the relocation mechanism in 2015. Yet two years later, only 28,000 people out of the 160,000 have been relocated."

Moraes added, "The fact that collectively member states have relocated less than a quarter of the modest figure of 160,000 people from Italy and Greece draws attention to significant gaps in the EU's response to the biggest refugee crisis on the continent since World War II.

"We urgently need to have in place an organised and compassionate response."

 

About the author

Martin Banks is a senior reporter for the Parliament Magazine

Interested in this content?

Sign up to our free daily email bulletins.

 

Share this page

Tags

Categories

Related Partner Content

Religious refugees from China denied asylum in Europe
9 January 2018

Willy Fautré fears for the future of those fleeing religious persecution in China.

Change in real time: Bahrain and the Global Award for Women Advancement
5 September 2018

Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Women has laid the foundations for a better society, explains Hala Al Ansari.

Flourishing trade is bringing Ukraine and EU closer together
24 January 2019

Ukraine has built a lasting partnership with the European Union, underpinned by trade and security, explains Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.