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Jul 14, 2017

EC to conduct "show trial" against Hungary over migrant distribution quotas

Pál Völner, state secretary at the Justice Ministry, pointed out how the EC had not launched infringement procedures against all member states that have refused to comply with the scheme

The European Commission is bizarrely conducting a "show trial" aganist Hungary over migrant distribution quotas, according to Hungary's Justice Ministry.

Pál Völner, state secretary at the Justice Ministry, pointed out how the EC had not launched infringement procedures against all member states that have refused to comply with the scheme.

Völner said that the reason why the EC had launched an infringement procedure against Hungary was because it holds the strongest position on the issue and has even gone so far as to challenge the quota scheme in court.

Hungary and Slovakia turned to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over the quota scheme in December 2015, after EU interior ministers voted to implement a mandatory quota system to redistribute 120,000 refugees among EU member states.

According to MTI, The EC has also launched infringement procedures against Poland and the Czech Republic for failing to implement the EU decision on migrant quotas.

Völner said that a number of EU member states had failed to honor their commitments to take in migrants. Some countries took in a significantly fewer number of people than they had promised while others had not taken in any at all, he said.