Hungary says no to another migrant relocation scheme from EU
BUDAPEST, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Just three weeks after having lost a legal battle against the European Union's (EU) migrant relocation scheme at the European Court of Justice, Hungary said no to the next similar plan of the EU here on Thursday.
"The relocation system of the EU has failed," Janos Lazar, Hungarian Minister of Prime Minister's office told reporters. "By September 26, out of the 98,255 migrants concerned by the compulsory relocation plan, only 29,144 have been adopted within the European Union, which means that the institutional system of common migration is doomed to failure."
Lazar spoke about the so-called compulsory quota system of relocation of migrants, the deadline of which was September 26.
Hungary and Slovakia had launched a legal case at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the scheme adopted in 2015, but have lost their case. On September 6, the ECJ dismissed the legal action launched by Slovakia and Hungary against the compulsory relocation scheme of migrants, in order to lift some of the burden from fellow EU members Italy and Greece, who were hit the strongest by the influx of migrants seeking a better life in the EU.
This time, the last scheme of Brussels is not compulsory, but voluntary, and concerns some 50,000 refugees.
"It is obvious that this also concerns the new Brussels system, this time based on volunteering, to relocate 50,000 people. It is incomprehensible why Brussels is trying to continue in this direction?" Lazar wondered.
"The defense of borders must remain within the authority of nation-states, hence Hungary is not going to participate in the common migration policy and of course will not take anyone under this regime," he underlined.