The European Court Wednesday issued a pending decision on the quotas for the reception of tens of thousands of asylum seekers in the European Union, which some countries have not accepted and have become the symbol of divisions in Europe in the face of the migration crisis.
The EU Court of Justice will decide on the dispute started by Hungary and Slovakia, which oppose the legitimacy of the plan launched in September 2015 to ease the burden of both Greece and Italy, which face a flow of migrants fleeing wars and poverty.
In a recent opinion, prosecutors suggested rejecting the arguments of the two eastern European countries against decisions they consider “illegal” and requiring them to receive foreigners, mostly Muslims, whose communities can not absorb them.
But whatever the decision on Wednesday, the “resettlement” of asylum seekers, which is supposed to embody European solidarity in the face of the migration crisis, will not bring about the results that were initially set.
As of August 31, weeks before the end date of the plan set for September, fewer than 28,000 people from Greece and Italy had been transferred out of 160,000 who should be deployed according to the first target.
Faced with an unprecedented influx of immigrants to Italy and Greece in 2015, the Europeans agreed to suspend for two years the work of the base that holds the first countries of entry into the Union, responsible for processing asylum applications.
Hungary and Slovakia were among the group of countries that voted against the mandatory quota of 120 immigrants, such as the Czech Republic and Romania, which faced criticism from other European countries.
The plan requires Hungary to receive 1,300 people in the first stage (2,300 in total) and Slovakia with about 800 (more than 1,400 in total). But until August 31, 2017, Hungary, led by its controversial prime minister, Viktor Orban, did not receive any refugees, while 16 of them arrived in Slovakia.
After several useless warnings, the European Commission launched in June measures against Budapest, Warsaw and Prague, while not targeting Bratislava at this stage.