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EU opens infringement procedure against Hungary on asylum rights

The European Commission announced on Friday, October 30, that it had opened an infringement procedure against Hungary for "incorrect application of EU asylum law".

Published: October 31, 2020, 7:06 am

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    In a particularly tone-deaf decision, Brussels maintained that new asylum procedures adopted by Hungary in response to the Coronavirus pandemic “are contrary to Union law”.

    According to these new procedures introduced in May, “before being able to apply for international protection in Hungary, third-country nationals must first make a declaration of intent in which they affirm their willingness to seek asylum at an embassy of Hungary outside the EU and to be issued a special entry permit for this purpose,” the Commission said in a statement.

    The European executive “considers that this provision constitutes an illegal restriction on access to the asylum procedure”, in particular because “it prevents people on Hungarian territory, including at the border, from requesting a international protection”.

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    • Paul Bastier

      It is for the people of a country to decide how they wish to develop and the direction they wish to go.
      As for “are contrary to Union law” – if the Union law is contrary to what the people of a sovereign state want. then they have every right to resist its imposition. As the eighteenth century Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, Democracy is better served in a nation state than in superstate.

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