Question for written answer E-010265/2015
to the Commission
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: Hungary asylum changes
It has been reported that Hungary has suspended EU rules concerning migrants applying for asylum in the first country they enter1. Could the Commission provide more details about the rule in question, and what powers, if any, does it have to discipline Member States which break these rules?
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos
on behalf of the Commission
Hungary had announced a temporary suspension of its obligations to accept transfers of asylum seekers from other Member States where the Dublin III Regulation1 establishes responsibility for Hungary to examine applications for asylum. Following interventions at political level, including the Commission’s visit to Hungary on 9 and 10 July 2015, Hungary resumed its obligations under the Dublin III Regulation.
1 Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person (recast)