The court’s advocate general Yves Bot, issued an opinion urging judges to reject Hungary’s and Slovakia’s application to remove the EU’s migrant quotas. The two countries brought the case before the European Court of Justice after they had been outvoted in 2015.
The EU’s migrant quotas aimed to relocate some 120,000 migrants to EU member states. The plan meet with considerable resistance from Hungary and Slovakia, as well as other Central European countries, opposed to receiving migrants.
Both countries launched an attack on the court, accusing it of political activism.
The spokesman for Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico said he “reiterates that he will never accept any mandatory quotas”.
A similar response came from Hungary, a country leading the opposition to the EU’s migrant quotas. Hungarian justice minister Pal Volner harshly criticized ECJ’s judges saying it would be “very sorry if the court decides to become part of the political process”.
Volner linked Hungarian-born American billionaire George Soros with the court’s stance.
“The court is the next speaker in line in the Soros-project after the European Commission and the European Council, as the main elements of the opinion have a political content that aims to hide the lack of legal arguments”, he told a press conference.
ECJ Justice Yves Bot maintained that the relocation is legal because of the “clearly identified emergency situation”. He said the issue did not need to be voted on by the European Parliament.
Commenting on the attempt by Hungary and Slovakia to prevent the EU’s migrant plan from being implemented, Satvinder Juss, from King College London said that:
The argument that Hungary and Slovakia are putting forward is that there are other ways of showing European solidarity rather than having this quota system imposed upon us.
Essentially what we are seeing here is rule by remote EU officials.
Bureaucrats sitting in Brussels, paying no attention to the essential Christian nature of their countries.
Despite the outcome, Hungary and Slovakia vowed to continue opposing the quota scheme, by which they are risking legal retaliation against their countries from the EU Commission.
“If now we see readiness to respond positively to this last messages that we have sent we are ready to stop all this procedures. There is still time, approximately one month during which these governments are invited to change position”, said The Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos.
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