"The court dismissed the lawsuits filed by Slovakia and Hungary against the provisional mechanism for the mandatory distribution of asylum seekers (among European Union member States - ed.)", - reads the statement of the court following the hearing.
As you know, the program of distribution of refugees, adopted in September 2015 by a majority of member States of the European Union, provided for the distribution of 160 thousand asylum seekers among European Union countries.
The EU executive said on Wednesday it was ready to institute court proceedings within weeks that could lead to fines for Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic if they refuse to take in asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece.
"It is time to be united and show full solidarity", he added. "The door remains, it is still open, and we should convince all member states to fulfill their commitments", EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said.
"If relocation were to be strictly conditional upon the existence of cultural or linguistic ties between each applicant for global protection and the Member State of relocation, the distribution of those applicants between all the Member States in accordance with the principle of solidarity laid down by Article 80 TFEU and, consequently, the adoption of a binding relocation mechanism would be impossible", the ruling states.
Officials in Brussels have argued that the scheme is legally binding on member states, including those that voted against the quotas like Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Romania. Despite earnest efforts from some European Union leaders, there have not been much of a progress in that area and millions remain stranded in the country they first arrived namely Italy and Greece leading to more political tensions in those two countries.
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Despite the court ruling, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said her country will stick by its refusal to take in refugees.
"We fully respect the verdict of the European Court of Justice", Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico told outlets including the AP. He said it jeopardizes the security and future of Europe.
Politics has raped European law and values.
Under the plan, Hungary must admit more than 2,300 asylum seekers, while Slovakia must in the long term take in 1,400.
Since its introduction in September 2015, the quota system has fallen short of reaching its 120,000 target. The fences have mostly stopped migrants from passing through Hungary on their way to Western Europe but Hungary has also greatly reduced the chances for asylum-seekers to submit applications in the country. The court also stated that the legality of its decision is not affected by the effectiveness of the policy.
"Our stance towards the quotas has not changed", Fico said.
Amnesty International welcomed the court's decision. "We will continue to work on having solidarity expressed in different ways other than forcing (on us) migrants from other countries that don't want to be here anyway".
He said migrant arrivals in Greece from Turkey had dropped 97 percent since the deal in March past year, and that more than 8,800 Syrians in Turkey had now found homes in Europe.