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European Union sues member states over migrant relocation failure

A young migrant boy waits in front of the Hungarian border fence | Attila Kisbenedek  AFP via Getty Images A young migrant boy waits in front of the Hungarian border fence | Attila Kisbenedek AFP via Getty Images
Sammy Stanley | 08 December, 2017, 01:36

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

Earlier on Thursday European Commission (EC) filed charges to the Court of Justice of EU against Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary in connection with their failure to comply with the plan, which ordains the EU members to admit fixed refugee quotas.

These include Greece and Italy, two countries that have been the first port of call for refugees and migrants, as well as Germany and other wealthy Western nations that are frequently their preferred final destinations.

The European Commission said Hungary and Poland have accepted no asylum seekers, and the Czech Republic has accepted 12 of the 2,000 it was required to take.

The EU Commission launched infringement procedures against the three countries in June and twice demanded an explanation for the non-compliance.

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"The replies received were again found not satisfactory and three countries have given no indication that they will contribute to the implementation of the relocation decision", a statement said. Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said Warsaw was "ready to defend its position in court".

Hungary has introduced an education law that could shut the Soros-founded Central University in Budapest, which has always been seen as a hostile bastion of liberalism by Orban's right-wing government.

Critics say the higher education law aims to weaken the Budapest-based Central European University, a popular university with foreign students founded by the billionaire George Soros, who has a long-running feud with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The commission said Hungary's education law "disproportionally restricts European Union and non-EU universities in their operations and needs to be brought back in line with European Union law".

The commission said the laws "indirectly discriminate and disproportionately restrict donations from overseas to civil society organisations".

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