Bolting it shut: Hungary gets parliamentary nod set to challenge EU migrant quota plan

Budapest: Hungary's parliament today cleared the way for the government next month to challenge the EU's contentious scheme to share 160,000 migrants around Europe via mandatory quotas.

 Bolting it shut: Hungary gets parliamentary nod set to challenge EU migrant quota plan

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Reuters

The vote was subsequently approved by 141 lawmakers with 41 against and one abstention; the Justice Minister of Hungary Laszlo Trocsanyi said that the case will be filed at European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in early December.

According to the text of the bill, the quota "ignores the (EU's) principle of subsidiarity and fails to grant national parliaments the opportunity to express their opinion".

"Most of Europe's population don't agree with the quota, its social legitimacy is lacking," Trocsanyi told reporters. 

Hungary voted against the scheme together with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania at an EU meeting in September, revealing a deep split between western and eastern members. Slovakia has said it will also file a legal challenge against the plan, a key plank in the EU's strategy to deal with the influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants this year.

Poland's incoming European Affairs Minister Konrad Szymanski said on Saturday that Warsaw no longer considered the plan as a "political possibility" after the Paris terror attacks. Britain has exercised its opt-out on the scheme as well.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has taken a hard line against the migrants, saying that the influx of so many Muslims poses a security threat and threatens the continent's Christian identity. "As long as this government is breathing, there won't be any quota, or any (failed asylum seekers) taken back," Orban told parliament yesterday. "We will decide who we want to let in who we want to live with, (the quota) doesn't make sense as it doesn't solve anything," he said.

Hungary has also built razor-wire and fence barriers on its borders with Serbia and Croatia after more than 400,000 migrants entered the country this year, diverting the flow through Slovenia into Austria.


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Updated Date: Nov 17, 2015 18:44:07 IST