European Union sues member states over migrant relocation failure

EU sues Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland over low refugee intake

"The European Commission has today made a decision to refer the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for non-compliance with their legal obligations on relocation", the commission said in a statement.

On the Hungarian asylum law, a response from Budapest to a letter from the Commission was "found to be unsatisfactory as it failed to address the majority of the concerns", the Commission said in a statement.

The Luxembourg-based ECJ could impose heavy fines.

A relocation plan was launched by the European Union in 2015 in response to a large influx of migrants and refugees.

However, the Czech Republic has accepted only 12 of the 2,000 asylum-seekers it had been designated, while Hungary and Poland have received none. "This is why the commission has chose to move to the next stage of the infringement procedure and refer the three member states to the Court of Justice of the European Union".

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

Responding to the move, Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said his nation "is ready to defend its position in the Court", and declared: "No one will lift the duty of providing public safety from the Polish government".

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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.

If the member state still refuses to comply, the Commission may then decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice.

Hungary has introduced an education law that could shut the Soros-founded Central University in Budapest, which has always been seen as a hostile bastion of liberalism by Orban's right-wing government.

We will remind, recently the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban said that Central Europe is the last place on the continent, "free migrants".

The Commission has been reporting regularly on implementation of the two Council Decisions through its regular relocation and resettlement reports, which it has used to call for the necessary action to be taken.

In June, Hungary approved a law aimed at forcing civil society groups receiving more than 24,000 euros ($26,000) annually in overseas funding to register as a "foreign-supported organisation", or face closure.

The commission said the laws "indirectly discriminate and disproportionately restrict donations from overseas to civil society organisations".

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