Hungary and Slovakia, along with other eastern EU states such as Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic, brought the plan to European Court of Justice for being unlawful. However, the court rejected this claim and decided that each member state has the refugees according to the quotas, otherwise the court declared that EU can impose economic sanctions. The leading motive of the decision is that EU should stand strong and together and this requires solidarity and responsibility in urgent situations.


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A refugee march in Hungary. 04/09/2015


In 2015, the EU set off a relocation to relieve Greece and Italy. These host over 120,000 refugees. The refugees had to be relocated to different countries in 2 years. So, each member had to accept a certain amount of refugees, according to the EU Relocation Scheme. The EU determined the amount by a quota according to the capacity and welfare.

Hungary was expected to accept 1294 refugees. However, Hungary did not accept refugees from Greece and Italy. The number was 902 for Slovakia.  But the country accepted only 16.

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto in his press statement said that Hungary does not accept the court’s decision. It is obviously unexpected and challenging. “Within the framework of this decision Hungary will not accept any single refugee from Greece and Italy and we will fight against,” told Mr Szijjarto. Previously other Hungarian officials also indicated that the decision about the people who live in Hungarian state is only their business and EU’s interference is actually against the independence and sovereignty of their country. In addition, Poland Prime Minister said that Poland also won’t change their attitudes and policies towards refugees.

The trial was a cornerstone in terms of the refugee crisis in the EU and it looks like the repercussions of the decision are going to continue.