European Union sues Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland over low refugee intake

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

The European Commission is to sue Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for refusing to take in asylum seekers.

The European Commission - the executive arm of the EU - said Hungary had repeatedly failed to answer its concerns over both cases.

"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".

On 13 July, the Commission took another step in the infringement procedure and sent a reasoned opinion to Hungary, requesting the country to bring its legislation in line with European Union law.


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

"Poland is ready to defend its position in the Court", Szymanski told state news agency PAP. "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 [and] the Czech Republic has not relocated anyone since August 2016 and not made any new pledges for over a year".

The Commission has chose to start legal proceedings against Hungary for failing to fulfil its obligations under the Treaty provisions on the free movement of capital, due to provisions in the NGO Law which indirectly discriminate and disproportionately restrict donations from overseas to civil society organisations These provisions, which apply by reference to the foreign source of the capital, place a number of administrative formalities and burdens on the recipient of capital and are liable to have a stigmatising effect on both recipients and donors.

Mr Soros has a strained relationship with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.


Hungary has been given a deadline of two months to respond to the latest step in the Commission's action over the law.

Hungary also caused controversy in June when it passed legislation forcing non-governmental organisations to declare themselves "foreign-funded".

In a separate statement, the commission said that the laws on foreign non-governmental organisations "indirectly discriminate and disproportionately restrict donations from overseas to civil society organisations".


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