Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to be held accountable for not accepting migrants

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 15.6.2017 12:07

On Tuesday, 13 June, the European Commission opened a legal case against the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland for failing to comply with the 2015 agreement on the redistribution of migrants under the quota system approved by the EU.

The decision comes following the Czech government's statement on Monday about the suspension of immigrant admission. Only 12 migrants were accepted by the Czech Republic under the quota system in the last year, while Hungary and Poland have accepted no one at all. Thus, the next round of controversy within the European Union begins, and EU's unity, albeit reinforced by the recent victory of the new French President Emanuel Macron, has been faltering for a long time mainly due to the migration crisis and UK's withdrawal. However, the initiated procedure will last for months and most likely will not be closed before the quota system's September deadline. Other member states are also failing to meet the quotas, therefore it is likely that there will be more countries who will not able to completely fulfil their obligations under the quota agreement. The legal process may end up in the Union's Court followed by a subsequent fine. Greece and Italy are currently the most affected by migration. Italy, in particular, is facing the flow of migrants from Africa. Although the influx of refugees has been partially reduced, Italy still needs international help, which is also implemented in the so-called hotspots where Czech experts are present as well.

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