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Hungary, Poland, Austria not met refugee relocation quota- says EU

Hungary, Poland and Austria were singled out by the European Commission on Tuesday for not having met their legal obligations as part of the EU relocation scheme to redistribute thousands of refugees across the bloc.

In September 2015, the EU introduced a mandatory quota to redistribute up to 120,000 refugees from Italy and Greece, a measure opposed by the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

“Hungary, Poland and Austria remain the only member states that have not relocated a single person.

“This is in breach of their legal obligations, the commitments taken towards Greece and Italy and the fair sharing of responsibility,’’ the commission said in a statement.

However, the commission acknowledged that Austria has formally pledged to relocate 50 persons from Italy.

According to the commission’s monthly report, 2,078 people were relocated over April, 1,368 from Greece and 710 from Italy.

Report says Hungary and Slovakia contend that procedural rules were broken during the adoption process of the relocation quota and want the decision annulled by the European Court of Justice.

(Source: NAN)

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