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European Commission to open cases against countries refusing to accept refugees
10:42, 13 June 2017
European Commission to open cases against countries refusing to accept refugees

In case of repeated refusal of Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, the Commission can apply to the court of the European Union

10:42, 13 June 2017

Reuters

The European Union will decide on Tuesday to open legal cases against three eastern members for failing to take in asylum-seekers to relieve states on the front lines of the bloc's migration crisis, according to sources. This was reported by Reuters.

The European Commission would agree at a regular meeting to send so-called letters of formal notice to Poland and Hungary, three diplomats and EU officials told Reuters. Two others said the Czech Republic was also on the list.

This would mark a sharp escalation of the internal EU disputes over migration. Such letters are the first step in the so-called infringement procedures the Commission can open against EU states for failing to meet their legal obligations.

The eastern allies Poland and Hungary have vowed not to budge. Their staunch opposition to accepting asylum-seekers, and criticism of Brussels for trying to enforce the scheme, are popular among their nationalist-minded, eurosceptic voters.

Related: Refugees issue in the EU: What options do Eurosceptics offer?

The European Commission can set a deadline for countries, until the end of which they will have to accept migrants, the report says.

Earlier it was reported that EU threatened to punish Poland, Hungary for not accepting refugees. European Commissioner emphasized that these countries haven’t accepted a single refugee.

Related: Poland received 400 thousand refugees from Ukraine, - European MP

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