European Union takes member states to court for failing to meet migrant quotas

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For Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic this legal precedent - not news, but a logical outcome.

Under the European Union law, the Commission has the power to take legal action against a member state which is not respecting its obligations.

The European Commission on Thursday chose to haul the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland before the Court of Justice of the EU, in the latest legal action against them for not taking in refugees.

"This is why, the commission has chose to move to the next stage of the infringement procedure and refer the three member states to the court of justice of the European Union". The plan involved the relocation of 160,000 people.

On June 15, 2017, the Commission launched infringement procedures against the three countries on the issue of refugee relocation, taking the process to the next level by sending its "reasoned opinions" on July 26, after the replies provided by the three Member States were found to be unsatisfactory.

Following Thursday's announcement, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis told the BBC his country would continue to oppose the relocation scheme.

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Passed at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, the controversial rule dictates that asylum seekers who illegally breach Europe's borders be "fairly" redistributed across the bloc through a quota system.

Responding to the move, Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said his nation "is ready to defend its position in the Court", and declared: "No one will lift the duty of providing public safety from the Polish government".

Budapest also faces legal action over university law.

Brussels warned Budapest in October that it would take the case to the European Court of Justice, the top court in the 28-nation EU, if it did not take the necessary measures to comply.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban attempted to pass a constitutional amendment in the National Assembly to block the quota, but failed.

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

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