European Union – The Court of Justice of the European Union rejected the legal challenge by Hungary and Slovakia of mandatory relocation migrants quotas that Brussels wants to impose to all member states.
The ultimate judicial authority of the European Union, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the EU is allowed to impose its migrant quotas to member states.
The redistribution mechanism of migrants (illegals and asylum seekers) has been designed in September 2015 by the majority of European leaders in order to dispatch a part of the huge amount of immigrants arrived during 2015’s Summer. 8 countries had then voted against, including Hungary and Slovakia.
In May, Hungary and Slovakia challenged the migrants quotas scheme. The Visegrád Group (Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary) built up a common front within the European Union to fight against the imposition by Brussels of non-desired immigrants.
On Wednesday, September 6, the CJEU told in a communique that its “rejects actions conducted by Slovakia and Hungary” against the migrants redistribution quotas. According to the CJEU, the scheme grants Italy and Grecce to handle the 2015 migrant crisis and is fair.
Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Péter Szijjártó declared during a joint press conference alongside with the Hungarian Minister of Justice László Trócsányi that the Hungarian government considers “the ruling issued by the European Court of Justice in the migrant quota case to be outrageous and irresponsible”.
“The real battle is only just beginning, and Hungary will be making use of all opportunities for legal redress to ensure that nobody can be relocated to Hungary against the wishes of the Hungarian people”, the Foreign Minister said, before adding that the Court’s decision endangers the future and security of all Europe, and runs against the interests of Europe’s nations, including the Hungarian nation. The Minister said that in his opinion the European Court of Justice has made a political ruling: “politics has raped European law”.
“In contravention of the founding treaties, the ruling asserts the power of the European Commission over EU Member States. This is unacceptable, and we shall do everything possible to protect the country”, Mr. Szijjártó said.
He explained that the time has come for the EU to “consign to the past” the mandatory relocation quotas, as the concept is a failed response to illegal immigration: just a few weeks before the 26 September deadline, only 25 per cent of the target number of migrants have been successfully relocated.
“Hungary continues to fulfill its Schengen commitments and is protecting the Schengen Area and the external border of the European Union”, the Foreign Minister declared.
He pointed out that “To date, Hungary has undertaken all of the related costs and expenses alone, and is showing solidarity towards Western Balkan countries that are also protecting their borders”. He added that “In contrast, the European Commission is not funding border protection, but only the admission of illegal immigrants”. Mr. Szijjártó concluded by stating that on this issue Hungary is counting on solidarity from its Visegrád Group (V4) allies.