Slovakia respects European Union court ruling on refugees, position unchanged - PM

Slovakia respects European Union court ruling on refugees, position unchanged - PM

"We will continue to work on having solidarity expressed in different ways other than forcing [on us] migrants from other countries that don't want to be here anyway", he said. In July, about 25,000 people in Greece and Italy remained eligible for relocation, according to estimates that month by the European Commission.

Hungary accused the Luxembourg court of making an "outrageous and irresponsible" politically driven decision.

While Hungary and Slovakia have now failed in their legal challenge to the policy, that doesn't fix the political problem.

In asking the court to annul the deal, Hungary and Slovakia argued at the Court of Justice that there were procedural mistakes, and that quotas were not a suitable response to the migrant crisis. Their argument was thrown out and can not be appealed.

It also added that the European Union institutions can adopt provisional measures necessary to respond to an emergency situation, such as the sudden influx of migrants in 2015.

Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic are also facing legal action by the EU executive, the European Commission, for their inaction over the relocation of asylum seekers.

Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto slammed Wednesday's ruling - which is final an can not be appealed - calling it "appalling and irresponsible" and vowed to use all legal means against the judgement, which he said was "the result of a political decision".

'It is time to be united and show full solidarity, ' Mr Avramopoulos said.

Under the plan, Hungary must admit more than 2,300 asylum seekers, while Slovakia must in the long term take in 1,400. The court also stated that the legality of its decision is not affected by the effectiveness of the policy.

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"Politics has raped European law and values", he said.

Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák said that Slovakia should not go against the ruling, and that the government will decide on further steps, the ČTK newswire reported.

The measures were legally taken by the EU Council and did not require ratification by individual governments, its news release said.

Hungary and Poland voted against the plan and have refused to take part while so far Slovakia has accepted only a handful of refugees from Greece.

"Now we can expect all European partners to stick to the ruling and implement the agreements without delay", German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a statement.

"Today's ruling shows that no country can hide from their responsibilities to refugees".

She called on European Union nations to "show solidarity with each other, and with asylum-seekers who are seeking protection in Europe".

They were an attempt to ease the pressure on frontline countries such as Greece and Italy. Of those, 19,200 were transferred from Greece and 8,212 from Italy.

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