Budapest, November 6 (MTI) – The ruling Fidesz party will on Friday submit a bill to parliament which if passed would oblige the government to turn to the European Court of Justice over the European Union’s mandatory migrant quota system, Gergely Gulyas, the party’s deputy group leader, said.
Under the bill, the government would be required to request that the ECJ annul the resolution on the redistribution of 120,000 asylum seekers among EU member states. The scheme would see an initial redistribution of 66,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece. Parliament is scheduled to vote on the bill in early December, Gulyas said.
Gulyas reiterated his party’s stance that the scheme is “unfeasible but also goes against EU law because it was not adopted through the EU’s legislative procedure, thus bypassing national parliaments”. Gulyas said it was “obvious” that the approval of the resolution on migrant quotas violates EU laws pertaining to the role of national parliaments.
Gulyas noted that Hungary, like Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania, voted against the proposal, while Finland abstained.
Janos Halasz, spokesman for Fidesz’ parliamentary group, said the resolution was “unlawful, pointless and dangerous”. He said it was unlawful because Brussels “does not have the right to impose a solution on us that we don’t want” and pointless because it will “serve as an invitation” to millions more people. Halasz said the proposal was a danger to Europe’s “cultural identity” because it would increase crime and the threat of terrorism. He asked the opposition parties to support the bill as well.
Fidesz on Friday started collecting signatures for its petition against the quota system in Pecs, in southern Hungary.