Top EU Court's Adviser Urges Dismissal Of Case Against Refugee Quotas

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 26, 2017

The Advocate General, whose advice is usually followed by Europe's top court, said the unprecedented inflow of migrants and the lack of clear guidance in the Dublin Regulation - legislation which states that refugees typically have to seek asylum in the first European Union state they reach - on how to handle such a situation could leave European Union border states unable to cope.

Bot, however, rejected arguments from Slovakia and Hungary regarding the legality of the relocation plan, saying that it "helps relieve the considerable pressure on the asylum systems of Italy and Greece", the AP reported.

A final ECJ ruling is expected later this year.

Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Romania voted against the 2015 decision establishing a temporary plan to relocate 120,000 migrants. Slovak Foreign Ministry Spokesman Peter Susko said that since the opinion isn't binding, "the court may or may not take it into account".

According to the commission, Hungary has not taken any action since the beginning of the relocation scheme, while Poland and the Czech Republic have not relocated anyone since December 2015 and August 2016, respectively.

"None of the arguments they put forward justify that they don't implement the relocation decision", he said.

It said it had earmarked 377.5 million euros - or 10,000 euros per person - for 2018 for a twin scheme to legally bring to Europe asylum seekers from places such as Turkey, Libya or Niger, rather than have people risk their lives in perilous Mediterranean crossings operated by smugglers. The path to Italy through the Mediterranean has been increasingly common this year.

The relocation plan has had limited success so far, though the European Commission said Wednesday that migrant relocation from Greece and Italy to other EU nations reached a record level in June - over 2,000 migrants were relocated from Greece, and almost 1,000 from Italy in June to other EU nations. It also said Rome had to improve registration of those arriving, especially some 25,000 Eritreans, to qualify them for the move.

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