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Nov 04, 2019

European Commission still insists on moving migrants to Hungary, says official

Pál Völner said the EC had brought action against Hungary because the country refused to fulfil “the one-time mandatory quota forced through by stealth” in 2015 which would have made the country receive 1,294 migrants.

A justice ministry official has highlighted how the outgoing European Commission still insists on moving migrants to Hungary, but the government maintains that Hungary does not want either a permanent or a one-off mandatory quota.

Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Eleanor Sharpston said on Thursday that the CJEU “should rule that, by refusing to comply with the provisional and time-limited mechanism for the mandatory relocation of applicants for international protection, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have failed to fulfil their obligations under EU law.”

In response, state secretary Pál Völner told MTI that the EC had brought action against Hungary because the country refused to fulfil “the one-time mandatory quota forced through by stealth” in 2015 which would have made the country receive 1,294 migrants.

The state secretary added that Hungary turned to the CJEU, disputing the legality of the quota ruling. The CJEU rejected Hungary’s and Slovakia’s legal actions in September 2017, he added.

The Hungarian government “has certainly not moved in migrants ever since because the deadline for the implementation of the quota ruling expired and its execution cannot be forced through with retroactive effect,” he said.

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