European Commission moves to new phase on quota-related infringement procedures

The European Commission has initiated a new phase of the infringement procedure it has started in June against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for rejecting the European Union's mandatory refugee resettlement quota scheme.

The EC sent a "reasoned opinion" – the second phase of the infringement procedure – to those countries. The three countries have one month to undertake measures to meet their legal obligations, or the EC will turn to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
European commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said the EC was ready to work with member states that currently oppose the resettlement scheme and address their concerns if they change their position. "We are finally starting to see proper solidarity," Avramopoulos said, and welcomed that more and more people were being relocated from Italy and Greece to other member states. But he regretted that some member states "continue to show no solidarity and to ignore our repeated calls to participate in this common effort".
He justified the EC's move to step up the infringement procedures with the fact that none of the member states in question had indicated that they would relocate a single asylum seeker to their territory and that none of the arguments they had put forward justified their failure to implement the resettlement scheme.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:53