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EP First Vice-President: Hungary, too must comply with EU rules

Hungary must comply with the provisions of the Geneva Refugee Convention, the EU's fundamental charter and EU laws and enforce them, those "cannot be negotiated", Othmar Karas, the outgoing First Vice-President of the European Parliament representing the European People's Party (EPP), said on Friday, in connection with a recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU.

The CJEU on Thursday ordered Hungary to pay a lump sum of 200 million euros and a penalty of 1 million euros per day of delay for failure to comply with an earlier ruling on asylum and return. The court noted that it had ruled in December 2020 that Hungary had failed to comply with EU rules on procedures for granting international protection and returning illegally staying third-country nationals.

In a statement, Karas said that the CJEU’s ruling “confirms” that Prime Minister Viktor Orb├ín’s “unacceptable asylum policy is unlawful”.

In the spirit of “loyal cooperation”, Hungary must observe the rules passed on the effective protection of external borders, the adoption of asylum procedure rules at external borders and regarding the solidarity mechanism, the Austrian politician said.

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