May 04, 2016
Hungarian refugee referendum to go ahead
The European Commission is today expected to announce its proposal for an overhaul of the EU's asylum system, including resettlement quotas and a financial charge. This is variously called a 'solidarity contribution', a 'fee' or a 'fine' of €250,000 per refugee for countries that refuse to take their quota. The size of the contribution is intended to be punitive. While the paper writes that eastern European countries would "welcome" an alternative to hosting refugees, Hungarian sources tell Newsweek that any fee would be interpreted as 'blackmail' and possibly vetoed at the Council eventually.
Hungary, meanwhile, will be getting ready to hold a referendum proposed by Viktor Orbán on the refugee quota system. The country's supreme court or Curia yesterday endorsed the constitutionality of the referendum question, which reads:
“Do you want the European Union without the consent of the Hungarian parliament to prescribe that it be mandatory to resettle non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary?”
The constitutionality hinged on whether it is possible to hod a referendum on a matter governed by Hungary's international agreements where the Hungarian parliament does not have jurisdiction. The referendum is planned for early Aautumn.