Hungary does not want to implement the measures of the European Union’s migration pact which was not adopted with a unanimous vote, and rejects settling migrants in the country, the Prime Minister’s chief security advisor György Bakondi told the Hungarian commercial television network TV2 on Thursday, 28 December.
Bakondi said the EU approach to allow migrants into the bloc’s territory to await the assessment of their asylum applications ‘after they have crossed six to eight safe countries’ was ‘mistaken’.
‘In 2015, botched EU asylum policies led to some 400,000 migrants forcing their way here’, he warned.
‘Hungary had done everything in its power to change EU decision-makers’ stance, but its efforts had been in vain,’ Bakondi went on to state. He also pointed out that, under the pact, EU countries may pay a quota fine if they refuse to accept illegal migrants. At the same time, all Member States are mandated to accept immigrants in emergency situations, ‘and determining when it is an emergency will be decided unilaterally’.
Settling migrants are against Hungary’s fundamental law,
and it is in Hungary’s national interest to only accept those who have already obtained a refugee status, he added. The Prime Minister’s security advisor also said that hat through the National Consultation public survey, Hungarians could give a mandate to the government to continue to vigorously represent its stance in the EU.
Sources: MTI/Hungarian Conservative