The European Court of Justice ruled that member states must accept their share of refugees, dismissing complaints by Slovakia and Hungary. “The mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate,” the court said in a statement.
After the verdict, the Commission said that it may seek fines at the ECJ within weeks for Hungary, Poland and the Czechia if they do not start or resume taking people from the south. According to the EU relocation program, Poland needs to accept 6,200 people of which it has taken in none, and claims it won’t start doing so. “I was convinced that such a decision would be made (by the court), but this absolutely does not change the stance of the Polish government with respect to migration policy,” PM Beata Szydło 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.