europe online magazine – The General Court of the European Union said on Tuesday it does not have the jurisdiction to pass judgement on a case brought about by three asylum seekers against a migration deal struck
between EU member states and Turkey.
The complainants, two Pakistanis and one Afghan national, had challenged an agreement between Ankara and the bloc to send back migrants arriving in Europe from Turkey. They had each applied for asylum in Greece and argued that they risked persecution if sent back to their home countries.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Luxembourg-based judges said that the deal had been signed by individual EU member states and not by the European Council or any other EU institution – and that the court therefore “lacks jurisdiction to hear and determine the actions brought by the three asylum seekers.”
The complainants can appeal the decision within two months.
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