EU refers Hungary to court for not complying with asylum laws

The European Commission Thursday decided to refer Hungary to the EU Court of Justice for non-compliance of its asylum and return legislation with EU law.

The EU’s executive body in a press release said it has also today sent a letter of formal notice to Hungary concerning new Hungarian legislation, which criminalizes activities that support asylum and residence applications and further restricts the right to request asylum.

The Commission first launched legal procedure against Hungary concerning its asylum laws in December 2015 and noted that it considers that the majority of the concerns raised with Hungary have still not been addressed.

Meanwhile, Hungary has announced that it will not sign a UN treaty which calls on member states to “uphold their obligations under international law” on migrants. The pact “could inspire millions” of people to come to Europe, Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto said in a press statement Wednesday.

Source: Kuwait News Agency