CJEU ruling on refugee relocation has no significance: gov’t spokesman

Commenting on the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Thursday announcement that Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary’s refusals to participate in the temporary refugee relocation mechanism were against the EU laws, Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller has said that the ruling “will have no practical significance."

Mr Müller explained that since decisions on the relocation had expired in September 2017, it would be impossible to implement them.

Earlier on Thursday, the CJEU stated that EU Member States could not justify their decisions not consent to the relocation of refugees by falling back on their duty to maintain public order and protect internal security, or by claiming that the relocation mechanism had allegedly been malfunctioning.

In 2015, in response to the migration crisis, the European Council adopted two decisions aimed at supporting Italy and Greece. They concerned the relocation of 40,000 refugees first, and later of 120,000 persons seeking international protection. Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary refused to implement them, having explained that it could threaten their duties to maintain public order and protect internal security.