The Hungarian Ministry of Justice has officially received the European Commission’s letter about its December decision to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice (CJEU) “for non-compliance with their legal obligations on relocation”.
On 7 December 2017, the Commission referred Hungary to the European court for failing to comply with a temporary emergency relocation scheme for refugees, stating that “Hungary has not taken any action at all since the relocation scheme started”. The EC also referred the Czech Republic and Poland to the court over non-compliance on the matter. It launched infringement procedures against the three countries on the issue in June and took the process to the next level in July. Hungary and Slovakia earlier challenged the scheme in the CJEU, but the court rejected their request to annul the decision by the Council of the European Union on the mandatory relocation of asylum seekers.
Concerning the fact that the European Commission’s formal letter of notice with relation to the quotas has arrived at the Ministry of Justice, the Minister of State for Government Communication Bence Tuzson said on Hungarian M1 television’s Friday morning show that Malta is the only EU member state to have fully implemented the quota decision, for example Austria has only fulfilled 1.8 percent of its quota and Slovakia has only fulfilled 1 percent, but the EC has nevertheless only launched infringement proceedings against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.
“Hungary will be putting forward its arguments, for instance that the quota is not a solution to the migration crisis, but instead the EU’s external borders should be reinforced and problems should be handled where they arise”, he added.
Source: Hungary Journal/Kormany.hu