BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Earlier this week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban decided to hold a referendum on the EU mandatory quotas on refugee relocation, under which the country would be obliged to take in 2,300 refugees.
"Every country has a right to organize such a referendum <…> It is up to every country to organize its own internal deliberations," Dijkhoff told reporters.
Last year, European interior ministers adopted, at an extraordinary meeting, a mandatory quota scheme to relocate some 40,000 refugees residing mostly in Italy and Greece throughout the bloc’s 28 members on an equitable basis.
Hungary is one of the four Visegrad Group (V4 group) states, along with Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The V4 group opposes the implementation of the mandatory EU quota scheme to relocate thousands of refugees throughout the bloc.