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Minister: Hungaryʼs suit over EU quota will set precedent

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The lawsuit that the Hungarian government launched against the European Commission yesterday, to prevent European Union countries from being forced to take a quota of refugees, is of “precedent value” and should last one and a half years, Hungary’s Justice Minister László Trócsányi said this morning at a press conference, Hungarian online daily index.hu reported.

Justice Minister László Trócsányi, left, at todayʼs press conference, along with Barna Berke, state secretary for EU and international matters. (Photo: MTI/Zoltán Máthé)

The Hungarian government submitted a 25-page document about the case to the European Court of Justice yesterday. It was filed a day after a similar suit by Slovakia.

Trocsányi said today that legislation cited in the EC’s decision to impose a quota does not justify the legal implementation of such a decision, index.hu reported. He also said that a temporary introduction of such a plan should only last six months and not three years, index.hu reported.

Trocsányi maintained that the quota system does not work in practice, and Hungary’s lawsuit will set precedent and make other EU members consider whether the system is good or not.

In September, EU interior ministers approved an EC plan to impose mandatory quotas for the distribution of 120,000 refugees, despite strong opposition from a number of EU member states, including Hungary.

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