Slovakia and Hungary explaining supine over migrant quotas in Luxembourg

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Slovakia and Hungary explaining supine over migrant quotas in Luxembourg

11. 05. 2017 13:57

On Wednesday, the judges of the EU Court of Justice invited representatives from the Slovak Republic and Hungary to explain why their governments decided to sue the Council of the EU for its decision dated September 22, 2015 to reallocate 120,000 migrants from Greece and Italy based on national quotas. The Slovak Government was the first to file a lawsuit against the migrant quotas on December 2, 2015 and the Hungarian Government followed suit a day later. The officials from Slovakia and Hungary stress that they find the EU's decision to be political, as it was not achieved unanimously, but only by a qualified majority. Both the Slovak and Hungarian delegations point to the fact that the target that the EU followed by asserting national quotas failed to address the core of the refugee crisis and could have been achieved in a different way, for example by better protecting the EU's external border or with a more efficient return policy in the case of migrants who fail to meet the criteria for being granted asylum. The Council's position is that the decision on quotas for 120,000 refugees was adequate to the then situation with Greece and Italy facing an unprecedented flow of illegal migrants. The verdict is expected to be issued by the end of this year.

According to the Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, if the Court of Justice in Luxembourg decides in Slovakia's favour in the lawsuit, it will have an impact primarily for the future. After Wednesday's Cabinet session, Kaliňák declined to predict developments in the decision-making process on Slovakia's lawsuit against mandatory quotas. He pointed out that such measures should be implemented in unexpected and unpredictable situations. He does not think that a migration crisis is such a situation.

Zuzana Botiková, Photo: AP/TASR

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