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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban assessing his party's election results last Sunday.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban assessing his get together's election outcomes final Sunday. Associated Press / LaPresse Only Italy and SpainDenes Erdos (Associated Press/LaPresse)

The refusal of the ultra-conservative Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister, for his nation to welcome refugees from Syria within the humanitarian disaster of 2015 and 2016 goes to price Hungary 200 million euros. In addition, he should pay a million euros for every day of delay within the execution of the sentence. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), based mostly in Luxembourg, dominated this Thursday that the Government of Budapest has dedicated an “unprecedented and exceptionally serious violation of Union law.” The choice is predicated on the truth that the Magyar Executive didn’t adjust to a earlier ruling, from 2020, wherein it was urged to adjust to the refugee distribution system when the conflict within the Arab nation induced the departure of a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals to Europe.

Rather less than 4 years in the past, Luxembourg judges dominated that the Orbán authorities “had not respected the rules of Union law relating, in particular, to the procedures for granting international protection.” Hungary, like Poland and the Czech Republic, ignored the relocation mechanism agreed upon by the member states within the EU Council to alleviate the stress that Greece and Italy have been struggling on the time, the nations by which the vast majority of refugees entered. Syrians. They argued that the agreed system didn’t work and that collaboration with Athens and Rome was not applicable.

In that first ruling, the EU judges already identified that the three non-compliant nations “cannot invoke either their responsibilities in terms of maintaining public order (…) nor the alleged dysfunction of the relocation mechanism” of 2015 “to escape to its execution.” That ruling ruled in favor of the European Commission, which in December 2017 brought the three countries to justice. Despite this ruling, Budapest continued to fail to comply with its refugee resettlement obligations and this led Brussels to apply a new sanctioning procedure that has ended with this fine of 200 million.

“Hungary has not adopted the necessary measures to implement the 2020 ruling,” says the CJEU statement. “By proceeding in this way, violating the principle of loyal cooperation, it deliberately avoids applying the Union's common policy on international protection as a whole,” the judges reason. With its attitude, the Hungarian Executive “seriously undermines the principle of solidarity,” the text continues.

During the years in which Budapest undermined this basic principle of the EU, Hungary was the country that received the most money from the community budget in relative terms: between what it contributed to the common budget and received from it in the period 2014-2020, the net balance was approached 4% of its gross national income, above Bulgaria, Lithuania or Latvia.

For his part, Viktor Orbán, this Thursday, described the 200 million euro fine as “outrageous and unacceptable.” “It seems that illegal immigrants are more important to Brussels bureaucrats than their own European citizens,” Orbán said in a message through the social network X, also broadcast by the EFE agency.

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