The European Union’s controversial quota plan to distribute 160,000 refugees and migrants across the bloc will be appealed by Slovakia.
“The justice ministry, together with representatives of relevant ministries, is working on preparing the lawsuit,” justice ministry spokeswoman Alexandra Donevova told the Agence France-Press (AFP). She said it would be “submitted before December 18”.
Bratislava intends to lodge the suit with the European Court of Justice, which adjudicates in disputes over how EU law is interpreted and applied.
Slovakia is among several eastern European countries staunchly against a system of migrant quotas designed to ease the burden on countries like Greece, Italy and Germany that have received the lion’s share of arrivals.
According to AFP, few migrants have entered Slovakia on their voyage to western Europe, and even fewer asylum seekers have chosen to stay. Under the EU’s quota system, Bratislava is expected to take in just under 2,300 migrants.
However, Slovakia’s popular leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico, who is seeking re-election in March, has said he would rather risk infringing EU rules than implement what he described as the EU’s “diktat” migrant quotas.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), nearly 860,000 migrants have landed in Europe so far this year, with over 3,500 dying while crossing the Mediterranean.