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Orbán’s cabinet: The Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice came to a political decision

Orbán’s cabinet: The Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice came to a political decision

“The Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) did not come to a legal decision, but to a much greater extent made a political decision when he recommended that the joint submission by Hungary and Slovakia in the quota case should be rejected”, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister declared on Hungarian M1 television’s Thursday evening current affairs program.

According to György Bakondi, the Advocate-General’s standpoint is not a legal argument. “It is rather a standpoint that matches the exertion of political pressure that serves the enforcement of the Brussels central will that goes hand-in-hand with the Soros plan”, he said.

“In other words, we are seeing one of the elements of the series of steps attacking Hungary’s immigration policy, but the Hungarian Government will not bow to political or legal pressure”, he stressed.

As Mr. Bakondi explained, according to the Soros plan some one million people should be allowed into Europe every year, and should be given 4.5 million forints (EUR 14,700) in foreign currency each to help them start a new life. “The plan also involves the setting up of a European immigration agency which will decide on whether migrants receive asylum status”, the Chief Security Advisor pointed out, highlighting the fact that the Hungarian Government in no way supports this plan. “According to ECJ procedure, an Advocate-General first issues an opinion on a given case, after which the body makes its official ruling”, he added in explanation.

“In this case, the 120-page document issued by the Advocate-General is extremely strange in that it does not include a detailed legal argument, but rather a political argument built on solidarity between the member states of the European Union”, Mr. Bakondi said.

The Hungarian Government turned to the European Court of Justice in December 2015, asking for the annulment of the mandatory mechanism aimed at the resettlement of 120 thousand asylum-seekers, which the EU’s Council of Interior Ministers had adopted a few months earlier with a qualified majority vote, despite protests from Hungary and Slovakia, amongst several others.

The Hungarian submission cited ten content-related and procedural arguments, asking for the invalidation of the Council resolution, or at least the part according to which Hungary must accept 1294 asylum-seekers, 988 for Greece and 306 from Italy.

The Hungarian party is primarily citing the fact that the Council had no mandate to issue such a resolution and that it had no right to adopt the resolution according to EU regulations, in addition to which the mechanism itself is unsuitable for handling the immigration crisis.

Source: kormany.hu – Press release

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