3 EU countries broke law by refusing to take in refugees, says court lawyer

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Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic broke EU law by refusing to take part in a mandatory refugee quota scheme, according to a top lawyer at the EU’s highest court.

In December 2017, the European Commission took the three Eastern European countries to the Court of Justice of the European Union over their refusal to participate in a one-off program for relocating across the bloc refugees who had arrived in Greece and Italy.

These Member States cannot invoke their responsibilities with regard to the maintenance of law and order and the safeguarding of internal security in order to disapply a valid EU measure with which they disagree,” said a statement from Eleanor Sharpston, an advocate general at the court.

 

 

 

Via Politico

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