Relocation: Commission launches infringement procedures against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland

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Publication Date 14/06/2017
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The Council Decisions on relocation require member states to pledge available places for relocation every three months to ensure a swift and orderly relocation procedure. Hungary did not take any action since the relocation scheme started, while Poland did not relocate anyone and not pledged since December 2015. The Czech Republic did not relocate anyone since August 2016 and did not made any new pledge for over a year.

The Commission argued that, despite repeated calls for actions, the three countries remained in breach of their legal obligations and showed disregard for their commitments to Greece, Italy and other member states. This situation was highlighted on the 12th report and 13th report on the relocation schemes.

The temporary emergency relocation scheme was established in two Council Decisions, adopted on 14 September and 22 September 2015.The European Commission launched on 14 June 2017 infringement procedures against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for non-compliance with their obligations under the 2015 Council Decisions on relocation.

A letter of formal notice is a first official request for information and the first step in an infringement procedure. Given that the Council Decisions on relocation were adopted in response to an emergency situation, the authorities of these member states were given one month to respond to the arguments put forward by the Commission, instead of the customary two-month deadline.

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