Hungary’s legalisation of push-backs in breach of EU law according to the Court of Justice of the European Union

17 December 2020 (Budapest) – The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) today announced its judgment, closing infringement proceedings initiated in December 2015. The European Commission initiated the procedure because of concerns regardi…

17 December 2020 (Budapest) – The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) today announced its judgment, closing infringement proceedings initiated in December 2015. The European Commission initiated the procedure because of concerns regarding several key elements of the Hungarian asylum regulation: unrestricted mandatory placement in transit zones, mass police push-back of potential asylum seekers at the Serbian-Hungarian border, and the fact that the Hungarian legislation does not allow asylum seekers to legally stay in Hungary during the appeal procedure of their cases.    In May, 2020 the EU Court already issued a decision concerning mandatory placement in the transit zone. In its judgment, the Court ruled that the families that had been placed in the transit zone and represented by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee had been unlawfully detained. In response, the Government closed the transit zones.   In today’s judgment, the Court concluded that the so-called ‘push-back measures’ introduced in July 2016, and extended to the whole country in March 2017, are also in violation of EU law. According to the Hungarian Police, nearly 50,000 push-backs have taken place on the Serbian-Hungarian border since the amendment to the law in July 2016. ‘Today’s verdict will hopefully put an....

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