The European Commission launched a legal case on against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in asylum seekers. “I regret to see that, despite our repeated calls to pledge to relocate, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland have not yet taken the necessary action,” the EU’s migration chief, Dimitris Avramopoulos said. “Europe is not only about requesting funds or ensuring security. Europe is also about sharing difficult moments and challenges,” he added.
All three countries refused to take in any migrants (the Czech Republic accepted only 12) under the agreed plan to relocate migrants from the Middle East who washed up on Italian and Greece shores.
Due to that, the EC is launching the infringement procedures against the three nations, which could potentially impose fines.
“From the political point of view, this action unnecessarily heats up political tensions, of which there are already too many in the European Union,” Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański said.
In 2015, EU leaders decided that bloc’s member states would redistribute 160,000 asylum seekers, mostly from the Middle East, among themselves in order to alleviate pressure on Greece and Italy where most of the migrants arrived. According to the EU plan, Poland is set to accept 6,200 asylum seekers by September.