|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
Reports and information relating to the infringement procedure launched by the European Commission against Hungary over the country's so-called 'Stop Soros' legislation - which criminalises activities that support asylum and residence applications and further restricts the right to request asylum.
The criminalisation of activity conducted by people or groups in support of illegal migrants was adopted by the Hungarian Parliament on 20 June 2018. The law became known as the 'Stop Soros' legislation, due to the understanding that much of those rules targeted organisations supported by George Soros.
The European Commission decided on 19 July 2018 to launch an infringement procedure against Hungarian over this law by sending a Letter of Formal Notice. The decision was a result of concerns as regards its compatibility with EU law, in particular when it comes to the application of the Asylum Procedures Directive and the Reception Conditions Directive. This law was also considered to restrict the exercise of free movement rights of EU citizens without due regard for procedural guarantees or for the rights of the people affected.
In view of the unsatisfactory response, the Commission followed-up with a reasoned opinion on 24 January 2019. After analysing the Hungarian authorities' reply, the Commission considered that the majority of the concerns raised had still not been addressed. On 25 July, the Commission announced the referral of Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) over the 'Stop Soros' legislation.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Asylum | Refugees, Migration | Immigration|
|Countries / Regions||Hungary|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|