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Eu court rejects appeals against migrant relocation

Hungary and Slovakia criticize decision

07 September, 10:32
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS - The European Court of Justice on Wednesday dismissed the actions brought by Slovakia and Hungary against the provisional mechanism for the mandatory relocation of asylum seekers to relieve pressure on front-line countries. "That mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate," the judges said in their ruling.

Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano tweeted "the European Court of Justice upheld our case: the redistribution of asylum seekers is compulsory in the #EU. Now let's supersede the old Dublin rules".

The Dublin Regulation says migrants must register and stay in their country of arrival.

The European Court of Justice affirmed the EU's founding principle of solidarity in its rejection of Slovakia and Hungary's suits, President Sergio Mattarella said, saying that "if the bond of solidarity fails, Europe fails".

The decision has sparked criticism. Hungary and Slovakia lashed out at the EU after the decision, as did Poland and the Czech Republic. The decision was called ''outrageous and irresponsible'' to the point of ''putting European security at risk'', the Hungarian government said. EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos noted that the judiciary is independent in all EU states in which there is rule of law. Slovakia reacted by saying that the sentence should be complied with but that the relocation quotas do not work.

''The Slovak appeal did not concern the fact of whether or not Slovakia must take in migrants,'' Peter Susko said in commenting on the sentence to ANSA. ''It was about the problems in the procedure used by the EU Council of Ministers in deciding the quotas.'' The court's decision does not change the Polish government's stance on immigration policies, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told journalists. Warsaw ''is a loyal partner of the EU that fulfills its commitments and hopes to be treated as such like other EU countries''. Czech Republic president Milos Zeman has said that the country must not give in to the EU on the issue of migrants.

''We should not give in to threats,'' he said. ''I will now say something that some people will not like: in the worst case scenario, it is always better to do without EU funds than let migrants in.'' (ANSA).

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