EU Court Rejects Challenges to Refugee Resettlement

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Slovakia and Hungary did not succeed with their lawsuits against the EU Council over refugee quotas.

The United Nations on Wednesday praised a ruling by the European Union's top court that rejected a challenge by Hungary and Slovakia to relocation quotas approved at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015. Hungary and Slovakia (which accepted quota system but took in few refugees than mandated) brought the case to ECJ that will announce its ruling on the issue today, which will be released around 7:30 GMT.

"That mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate".

In response to the migration crisis that hit Europe in the summer of 2015, the Council of the European Union demanded that member countries should help Italy and Greece deal with the migrant arrivals.

Just under 28,000 people have been relocated under the scheme, rather than the 160,000 asylum seekers envisaged when it was agreed in September 2015.

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"If the member states do not change their approach in the coming weeks we should then consider to take the last step in the infringement procedure: to refer Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic to the European Court of Justice".

Szijjarto said Hungary would focus on defending the EU's external border against incoming migrants and asylum-seekers and urged the European Union to abandon its "unsuccessful" refugee-sharing plan.

A further 7,000 asylum-seekers who arrive before September 26 can be redistributed to other EU countries from Italy and another 4,700 from Greece, according to the European Commission.

Szydlo says she isn't surprised by the court's decision, but that it "absolutely does not change the position of the Polish government with respect to migration policy".

"The Slovak appeal did not concern the fact of whether or not Slovakia must take in migrants, " Peter Susko said in commenting on the sentence to ANSA.

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"In contravention of the founding treaties, the ruling asserts the power of the European Commission over EU member states". Slovakia and the Czech Republic have only taken in a handful.

The fences have mostly stopped refugees from passing through Hungary on their way to western Europe but Hungary has also greatly reduced the chances for asylum seekers to submit applications for protection in the country.

The low level of relocations, the ECJ noted, was partly due to "the lack of cooperation on the part of certain member states".

Hungary and Slovakia were seeking to have the decision annulled.

"Politics has raped European law and values", he said. So far only 25,000 refugees have been moved.

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