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Brussels – The Court of Justice of the European Union on Thursday ordered Hungary to pay a lump sum of 200 million euros and a fine of one million euros per day for failing to comply with EU law on asylum.

Referred by the European Commission, it finds that Budapest has not executed one of its rulings, made in December 2020, which judged that Hungary “had not complied with Union law rules on, in particular, procedures for granting international protection and the return of third-country nationals staying irregularly” and “still does not comply with them”.

Viktor Orban immediately criticized this decision.

“The 200 million euro fine plus 1 million euros per day (!!!) for defending the EU’s borders is outrageous and unacceptable,” he reacted on the social network X, adding that “illegal migrants seemed more important to the Brussels bureaucrats than their own European citizens”. (13.06.2024)