HUNGARIAN officials have hit back at the European Union (EU) following reports claiming the country will be forced into accepting its share of migrants in accordance with a redistribution scheme.
Pal Volner, state secretary at the Hungarian Justice Ministry, issued a statement saying the report was an attempt by Brussels to put pressure on the European Court of Justice ahead of upcoming proceedings, where Hungary, Slovakia and Poland will attempt to overturn the migrant quota mechanism.
Mr Volner added that the statements “grossly violate” the court’s independence and are designed to “entice” Hungary into the “migrant business”.
The insider said: “They will have to make a choice: are they in the European system or not? You cannot blackmail the EU, unity has a price”.
The court is set to hear the case from May, and a verdict is expected next year.
The EU’s migrant redistribution scheme was unveiled in 2015, and was designed to relieve pressure on countries like crisis-torn Greece and cash-strapped Italy where most migrants first land after their perilous journeys across the Mediterranean.
The stark reminder came after figures showed only three per cent of the initial target was met in the first 12 months after the scheme was announced.