EU Takes Legal Action Against Eastern European Countries for Refusing Refugees

Infringement proceedings were launched in Brussels on Tuesday against Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in refugees amidst the crisis in Iraq and Syria.

The European Commission accuse the three member states of not fulfilling their dutiful obligations per a controversial quota plan passed by the EU in 2015 to move 120,000 migrants into Europe until 2017. Even then, several eastern European states, including Hungary and the Czech Republic, objected to the idea.

Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech republic, referred to the plan as ‘dysfunctional’, saying, “The European Commission blindly insists on pushing ahead with dysfunctional quotas which decreased citizens’ trust in EU abilities and pushed back working and conceptual solutions to the migration crisis.”

Konrad Szymanski, Foreign Minister of Poland, stated that Warsaw will continue its current migrant policy and will defend its right not to take in refugees in an EU court, if necessary.

Brussels’ only response? “[Migrant] relocation will work if there is political will.”

We wait as this story develops.