Instead of helping its member states in need during the time of the coronavirus pandemic, EU intuitions focus on outdated migration cases and climate neutrality projects, said Law and Justice (PiS) MEP Patryk Jaki.
Jaki criticized the verdict of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which decreed that “Poland, Czechia and Hungary, by refusing to participate in the relocation refugees, broke the law”.
“It is the ECJ that is breaking the law. The court should operate based on the competencies given to it through treaties. There is no treaty entry which would force member states to violate their sovereignty when it comes to the decision to accept migrants,” he stressed in an interview with wPolityce.pl.
Europe’s top court stated in its ruling that the three countries were required to accept their “share” of 160,000 migrants. Many other countries besides Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic later refused to accept their full quotas as well, but they were the only three countries brought to court at the EU level for their refusal.
He explained that the ECJ does not have competencies concerning security, and therefore, the EU is expanding its competencies in violation of the law.
Jaki emphasized that while European states and thousands of Europeans are fighting for survival, the EU is busy with breaking European law.
Jaki also underlined that the conflict concerning migrants only arose when Chancellor Angela Merkel realized that Germany could not manage the massive influx of migrants she had invited into the country. Germany then tried to solve its issues by forcing other states to accept migrants through EU institutions.
The MEP pointed out that the German government today has already abandoned its previous migration policy, which is why the ECJ’s verdict is “laughable and pathetic.”
He advised the EU to focus on healthcare, as the Union possesses enormous funds and capabilities.
“Meanwhile, the preposterous ‘Green Deal’ worth billions of euros is being forced through. This money is needed for building hospitals, ventilators and other medical equipment and support for companies,” Jaki argued.
The ECJ’s migrant quotas ruling, which has no legal consequences, has nonetheless prompted harsh reactions from Hungary and the Czech Republic as well.
Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga said in a statement that the court case itself was biased because the Commission took Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic to court at the end of 2017 when it was already clear that most EU member states did not comply either.
“The ruling has no further consequences,” Varga said in the statement. “Since the quota decisions have long lost their validity, we have no obligations to take in asylum seekers.”