The EU Commission is now taking legal action against Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary in the heated conflict of relocation of asylum seekers. The countries risk huge fines.
The announcement from the Commission involves a sharp escalation of the conflict, writes Reuters:
The European Union’s executive launched legal cases on Tuesday against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for not taking in asylum-seekers under a 2015 plan, a sharp escalation in the bloc’s divisive migration feuds.
«Regrettably, despite … repeated calls, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, in breach of their legal obligations stemming … and their commitments to Greece, Italy and other member states, have not yet taken the necessary action,» the Commission said in a statement.
«Against this background … the Commission has decided to launch infringement procedures against these three Member States.»
The Commission plays with high stakes, namely the Union's future.
The three member states all refuse to accept (mainly Muslim) asylum seekers through the quota system adopted by the EU last year to relieve Greece and Italy.
The European Commission has scolded them for months, but for deaf ears. Therefore, the Commission has now decided to initiate a legal actions.
Several member states have been opposed to the quota system scheme all the time. Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary voted against the scheme when it was adopted.
Hungary and Slovakia have also sued the EU Commission in order to avoid mandatory quotas. The European Court of Justice is now discussing this case.
Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary are facing huge fines for breach of their legal obligations, forced upon them by the unelected EU.
But a final verdict may take several years, and it is expected that the three member states will await the outcome of the ongoing lawsuit in the European Court of Justice before they do anything.
The quotas were adopted in September 2015. The original goal was to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers over two years.
But the enthusiasm within the EU has been more or less absent; So far, only 20,869 people have been relocated from Greece and Italy.
Meanwhile, more economic migrants continue to cross the Mediterranean from Africa, where they are picked up and transported safely to Greece and Italy, instead of being returned.
The logic is absent too.
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