Furious Hungary vows to fight on against European Union refugee quotas

Hungary and Slovakia rejected the EU's decision to distribute migrants across member states

The Mediterranean migrant crisis which prompted mandatory quotas in 2015 for relocating asylum seekers from Greece and Italy has receded, easing immediate pressure to force compliance on nationalist leaders who are making electoral capital from lambasting the European Union while benefiting from Brussels' subsidies.

Under the emergency scheme, 120,000 relocations were due to take place over two years, ending in September 2017.

The two countries defied an European Union plan to resettle 120,000 registered refugees across the 28 member states through a quota system.

"If relocation were to be strictly conditional upon the existence of cultural or linguistic ties between each applicant for global protection and the Member State of relocation, the distribution of those applicants between all the Member States in accordance with the principle of solidarity laid down by Article 80 TFEU and, consequently, the adoption of a binding relocation mechanism would be impossible", the ruling states.

Slovakia and Hungary voted against the adoption of the contested decision in the council - as did the Czech Republic and Romania - and lobbied for annulment by the European Court of Justice.

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However, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto slammed the verdict as "irresponsible", saying it "threatens the security of all of Europe".

#ECJ confirms our view on the migration scheme.

At a press conference in Brussels after the ruling, Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for migration, told reporters that states that continued to refuse compliance with the plan "in the coming weeks" would be referred to the European Court of Justice. He said it jeopardizes the security and future of Europe.

In related news, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff, Janos Lazar, said on 31 August that Budapest is asking Brussels for $400 million for expenses related to border protection, which include a fence on its Serbian border finished in April, POLITICO writes.

Human rights groups have criticized Hungary and Poland for their reluctance to take in any refugees.

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In their case before the ECJ, Hungary and Slovakia argued that there had been procedural flaws and that the decision was neither a suitable response to the migrant crisis nor necessary to deal with it.

He described the court's decision as political.

Hungary has not accepted a single asylum seeker since the measures were introduced two years ago.

Besides Hungary's legal arguments against the European Union plan, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has also made the case and the issue the focal point of its political activities since early 2015 and ahead of parliamentary elections expected in April 2018. Under the policy, Hungary is required to take in 1,294 refugees and Slovakia 902.

In Bratislava, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said his government "fully respects the court's decision" as it wants to remain at the "EU's core" but nevertheless called quotas "politically wrong".

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