Top EU court's adviser dismisses Slovakia, Hungary refugee challenge

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LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The top EU court’s adviser said on Wednesday that a case brought by Slovakia and Hungary challenging the obligatory relocation of asylum seekers across the bloc should be dismissed.

The two eastern EU states — backed by neighbor Poland — had argued that the EU’s 2015 scheme to have each member state host a certain number of refugees was unlawful. The program was designed to help ease pressure on asylum systems in Greece and Italy after mass arrivals across the Mediterranean.

But the court’s Advocate General Yves Bot rejected most of the procedural arguments presented by Bratislava and Budapest and said the resettlement scheme was “appropriate for attaining the objective which it pursues”.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Catherine Evans