A Top EU court: Polish, Hungarian, Czech refugee rebuff illegal

Luxembourg (dpa) - Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic breached EU law when they refused to take in refugees under a 2015 relocation scheme, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday.

All three states infringed a common agreement by EU leaders, the ECJ judges concluded, dismissing their argument that nothing can be done about it now. Furthermore, the three countries could not cite internal security concerns to refuse asylum seekers, the ECJ ruled.
The European Commission referred the trio of countries to the ECJ for not taking in their allocated number of asylum seekers under the scheme, agreed by a majority of EU capitals to help Greece and Italy.
Budapest, Prague and Warsaw opposed the scheme from the outset. Migration is one of the most politically explosive issues among the 27 EU member states.

Thursday, April 2nd 2020

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