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EU court rejects Hungary-Slovakia appeal of refugee quotas

06.09.17

On Wednesday, 06 September 2017, the European Court of Justice decided to dismiss the claims of Hungary and Slovakia, which demanded to abandon the compulsory distribution of migrants among the EU member states.

In particular, the decision refers to the Article 78(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU. This provision provides for the possibility of introducing such measures without prior consultations with the parliaments of the Member States.

The Court also noted that the adopted quotas are temporary and operate from 25 September 2015 to 26 September 2017.

In addition, the decision states that the quotas for refugees do not contradict the results of the EU Summit held on June 2015, which concluded that there was a need for consensus on migration issues.

On September 2015, the EU adopted a mandatory plan for the distribution of asylum seekers among the EU member states, the main flow of which fell on Italy and Greece.

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