Saturday 20 January 2018

EU takes three countries to court for failing to take in enough refugees

Migrants and refugees in a rubber dinghy arriving on the beach at Psalidi near Kos, Greece. Photo: PA Wire
Migrants and refugees in a rubber dinghy arriving on the beach at Psalidi near Kos, Greece. Photo: PA Wire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The European Union is taking the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to court for failing to accommodate their fair share of refugees under a plan agreed by the 28-country bloc.

EU nations agreed in September 2015 to relocate 160,000 refugees from Italy and Greece as the countries buckled under the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants that year.

But the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland have taken in almost none in two years.

The EU's executive commission sought reasons why but was given no satisfactory explanations.

The commission said the three "remain in breach of their legal obligations" and "have given no indication that they will contribute to the implementation of the relocation decision".

Their cases are being referred to the European Court of Justice.

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