EU suing countries who refuse to accept refugees

The European Union has initiated legal procedures against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic after they declined to honor an agreement to take refugees.

All three countries agreed to the EU decision to relocate 160,000 refugees proportionally across the European Union. Hungary and Poland have not received any refugees, while the Czech Republic has allowed 12 into their country.

The EU has initiated infringement procedures, claiming that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are violating their commitments as member states.

“Regrettably, despite … repeated calls, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, in breach of their legal obligations … and their commitments to Greece, Italy and other member states, have not yet taken the necessary action,” the European Commission said in a statement. “Against this background … the Commission has decided to launch infringement procedures against these three Member States.”

The case will be decided by the European Court of Justice. Should the court rule in favor of the EU, a financial penalty could be imposed on the violating countries.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka declared that the Czech Republic has no intention of revising its immigration policies.

According to Reuters, Sobotka released a statement following the EU’s announcement in which he said, “With regard to the worsened security situation in Europe and disfunctionality of the quota system, it will not participate in it.”

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