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Trajan Shipley
16th November 2021
Employment & Immigration Human Rights Justice & Litigation

Hungary’s criminalisation of legal aid activities for refugees violates EU law, Court of Justice rules

The Court of Justice delivered today its judgment in Commission v Hungary (C-821/19), ruling that by adopting a legislative reform in 2018 that criminalised activities intended to provide advice and counsel to applicants for international protection, Hungary has failed to fulfil its obligations under the Procedures (2013/32) and Reception (2013/33) Directives.

Hungary’s legislative reform introduced a new ground for inadmissibility of applications for international protection which related to the applicant’s transit through a safe transit country before arriving in Hungary. It also imposed criminal penalties on activities intended to enable persons to initiate the application procedure if they did not fulfil Hungary’s national cri


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