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7th April 2020
Employment & Immigration

Analysis: “Solidarity in Times of Crisis” by Silvia Bartolini

Last Thursday, the Court of Justice delivered its highly anticipated judgment in Commission v Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic (Joined cases C-715/17, C-718/17, C-719/17) where it found that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic - by refusing to take in their fair share of applicants for international protection for the benefit of Greece and Italy pursuant to Council Decision (EU) 2015/1523 (‘Decision 2015/1523’) and Council Decision (EU) 2015/1601 (‘Decision 2015/1601’) - failed to fulfil their obligations under EU law.

This judgment must be read through the lenses of the EU response to the refugee crisis that hit the EU between 2015 and 2016. In 2015, a massive and sudden influx of third country nationals - escaping from the

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