European Union takes Czechs, Hungary, Poland to court over refugees

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EC to sue Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary over migrants

The EU's executive commission sought reasons why but was given no satisfactory explanations.

The European Commission today chose to refer the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for non-compliance with their legal obligations as EU members on the relocation of refugees, according to a press release.

The Luxembourg-based ECJ could impose heavy fines.

Poland is ready to defend its decision in the European Union's top court to refuse to accept migrants from Africa and the Middle East under an EU plan to redistribute them, Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said.

Mariusz Blaszczak, interior minister, confirmed that Poland will not take into consideration the previous cabinet's declarations when ruling Civic Platform-Polish People's Party agreed to admit around 7,000 Syrian people from refugee camps located in Italy and Greece. "Whereas all other Member States have relocated and pledged in the past months, Hungary has not taken any action at all since the relocation scheme started, Poland has not relocated anyone and not pledged since December 2015 [and] the Czech Republic has not relocated anyone since August 2016 and not made any new pledges for over a year".

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They say the post-communist countries have failed to show sufficient solidarity with their peers and have threatened retribution, including siphoning away some of the funds the bloc contributes to their development.

He said the quota system had fuelled anti-migrant sentiment and played into the hands of the far right.

The organization has also chose to file a lawsuit in the European court of justice against Hungary adopted in this country, the laws on non-governmental organizations and higher education.

Hungary's right-wing government is looking to pass a higher education law that could close the Central European University, founded by financier and philanthropist George Soros.

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