- Title: Top EU court's adviser dismisses Slovakia, Hungary refugee challenge
- Date: 26th July 2017
- Summary: BARANJSKO PETROVO SELO, CROATIA (FILE - SEPTEMBER 20, 2015) (REUTERS) BUSES ARRIVING TO HUNGARIAN BORDER, POLICE ESCORT WOMAN WITH CHILDREN ABOUT TO GET OFF BUS PEOPLE WALKING, POLICE AND SECURITY CONTROLS TAKING PLACE, GROUP OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AT CROATIA'S BORDER WITH HUNGARY, POLICE HUNGARY EU BORDER SIGN, FENCE METAL POLES NEW BORDER FENCE CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY BY HUNGARY, SOLDIER WITH MEASURING TAPE MACHINE DRILLING FENCE POLE INTO GROUND POLES ON GROUND, BARBED WIRE ROZSKE, HUNGARY (FILE, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS WALKING ON RAILWAY TRACKS HORGOS, SERBIA (JULY 25, 2016) ((REUTERS) MIGRANTS SAT ON GROUND MIGRANTS' FEET, FEET IN BANDAGES CARDBOARD SIGN READING (English): "No Fence, No border" MIGRANTS WITH SIGN READING (English): "Plz open the border" ROZSKE, HUNGARY (JULY 25, 2016) (REUTERS) MIGRANT CAMP NEXT TO SOLID METAL BORDER FENCE WITH BARBED WIRE BORDER FENCE, MULTIPLE ROWS OF BARBED WIRE, HUNGARIAN BORDER SIGN
- Embargoed: 9th August 2017 11:44
- Keywords: court ruling Slovakia Hungary obligatory relocation of asylum seekers refugee and migrant crisis border resettlement scheme
- Location: LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG / BARANJSKO PETROVO SELO, CROATIA / ROZSKE HUNGARY / HORGOS, SERBIA
- City: LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG / BARANJSKO PETROVO SELO, CROATIA / ROZSKE HUNGARY / HORGOS, SERBIA
- Country: Luxembourg
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026RCT1DZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The top European Union court's adviser on Wednesday (July 26) dismissed a challenge brought by Slovakia and Hungary against the obligatory relocation of refugees across the bloc, dealing a blow to the easterners' migration battles that upset their EU peers.
The two states - backed by their neighbour Poland - wanted the court to annul a 2015 EU scheme to have each member state host a number of refugees to help ease pressure on Greece and Italy, struggling with mass arrivals across the Mediterranean.
But the European Court of Justice rejected the procedural arguments presented by Bratislava and Budapest that obligatory quotas were unlawful.
A final ECJ ruling is expected after the summer break. The court does not have to but generally does follow the advisory opinion of the Advocate General.
The nationalist-minded, eurosceptic governments in Warsaw and Budapest have refused to take in a single asylum-seeker under the plan. Slovakia and the Czech Republic have also stalled, citing security concerns after a raft of Islamist attacks in the EU in recent years.
Their reluctance to help the two southern front-line states, as well as wealthier EU countries such as Germany, which has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants, have precipitated bitter disputes in the bloc and weakened its unity.
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