Hungary to file refugee quota appeal at EU court

Hungary will submit refugee quota appeal at EU court, after EU agreed to share 160,000 refugees within bloc

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Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a news conference with Macedonia's Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in Budapest, Hungary, November 20, 2015.

Hungarian government on Thursday will submit an appeal against European Commission‘s decision on mandatory refugee quotas.

"Hungary will today submit to the European court its appeal against the decision of the European Commission about the mandatory settlement of people, migrants in Hungarian territory," Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

The resettlement program mandates European Union member states to receive 160,000 refugees across the bloc until 2017.

Under the plan, 2,300 refugees will be relocated into Hungary

Earlier, Orban stated that it was time the European Union should rethink the basic parameters which connect it together and update its founding agreements or face political radicalisation across the continent.

Orban also said that the refugee crisis and rising risk of terrorism is leading to new security and border control rules and that the recent eurozone crisis has raised discussions about joint monetary policy without a common fiscal policy.

The Hungarian prime minister, who has been a prominent figure against refugees in Europe, said no one could be sure how many “terrorists” have entered Europe by blending in with the refugees, but "one terrorist is too many."

He also added that the bloc needs to "forget political correctness ... and return to common sense" by enacting policies to protect its borders, its culture and its economic interests.

Hungary erected a razor wire to block the path of the refugees through its southern border with Croatia after it built a similar fence on its border with Serbia.

In late September, European Union leaders, France and Germany agreed to share 160,000 refugees across the bloc, outvoting four eastern European countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - who strongly opposed the arrangement.

On Wednesday, Slovakia also filed a lawsuit against the European Union’s quota decision. Czech Republic has said it will not litigate the decision.

Fleeing war and poverty, about 890,000 refugees crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe this year while over 3,500 died in their attempt.

TRTWorld and agencies