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    Hungary Ready to Challenge EU Commission’s Sanctions Over Migrants in Court

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    Refugees of Discord: EU Commission Threatens Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland With Sanctions (11)
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    Hungary is ready to defend its arguments against taking in asylum seekers under an EU quota system in the European Union's top court should it fail to find common ground on the issue with the European Commission, Hungarian Government Spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, the European Commission announced the launch of infringement procedures against Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic for halting migrants’ relocations.

    “We believe that this decision is against the European law and it cannot be executed and it cannot be of Europe’s interest and that it is a dangerous. If we are not able to convince the Commission, we are going to represent the Hungarian case in the EU court,” Kovacs said.

    The European Commission’s infringement procedures mean that it may file a lawsuit in the European Court of Justice should the member states not adapt their policies in accordance with the Commission’s complaints.

    On Tuesday, both Poland and the Czech Republic already stated that they were ready to defend their rights in court. Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka called the EU relocation system "an incentive for illegal migration."

    Hungary has repeatedly opposed the European Union's position on immigration, in particular regarding the migrant quota system, introduced in September 2015. The quota system implies relocation of 160,000 asylum seekers staying in Italy and Greece across the bloc within two years. Budapest even threatened to sue the European Commission over the scheme, with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stating that immigration is one of the major threats to the status quo.

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    Refugees of Discord: EU Commission Threatens Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland With Sanctions (11)

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