On June 13, the European Commission launched a procedure that could lead to the imposition of sanctions against the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. They are being censured due to the failure of the authorities of these countries to consent to arrangements for the distribution of refugees in Italy and Greece across the EU.
The EU is reluctant to take into account Poland's arguments on the bloc's migrant relocation system, country’s Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Monday.
The European Commission said on Wednesday it had sent "reasoned opinions," the second step in its infringement procedure, to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for non-compliance with their legal obligations on relocation of migrants.
The EU looks determined to crack down on member states that question what Brussels sees as their responsibility to accommodate asylum seekers, and socialist-leaning, refugee-friendly Sweden has threatened to withdraw its support for Poland over its pronounced lack of desire to take in newcomers from the Middle East and Africa.
Political analyst Vladimir Ardaev outlines why, over a decade after joining Western institutions including the European Union and NATO, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe continue to rebel against their Western partners' directives on the refugee issue.
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.
The EU is finally taking action against several central European countries for failing to comply with their obligations on migrant quotas, but its legal proceedings against member states tend to make little difference to their policy, Aron Demeter, advocacy officer at Amnesty International Hungary, told Radio Sputnik.
The European Commission decided to launch infringement procedures and address letters of formal notice to the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary as part of a procedure that could lead to sanctions against the three countries in connection with their refusal to accept refugees, according to the EU body.
Austria - which was a heavy backer of the closing the West Balkan migrant route - is now demanding all migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea be taken to new camps in Tunisia and Egypt, in the latest controversial plan to end the European migrant crisis.
The Czech Republic does not intend to change its position on admission of refugees, despite the European Commission's warning of possible sanctions, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Tuesday.
Poland is ready to defend in the Court of Justice of the European Union its right not to receive refugees, Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said on Tuesday.