Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban sent a response to Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, who on Wednesday dismissed his request to reimburse Hungary for the cost of the border fence.
“Hungary should always behave as a country where there are Schengen borders, but for geographic reasons, migrants can only enter the country if they have crossed the borders of the EU in other member states; mainly in Greece. For this reason, Hungary has not taken part and does not want to take part in projects that do not make this issue evident”,
– Orban stressed. He added that in the Hungarian government’s opinion Juncker’s interpretation of the principle of solidarity is not in accordance with EU legislation and traditions. The prime minister reminded that some EU countries with colonial past have become immigrant countries.
“Hungary on the other hand is not an immigrant country, does not want to become an immigrant country and cannot accept being forced to change this”,
– he stressed, adding that Juncker’s interpretation of solidarity is in essence the transformation of Hungary into an immigrant country, against the will of the Hungarian citizens.
“In my view, this not solidarity, this is violence”,
– he added. Orban wrote Juncker that he was stunned and puzzled to read that the European Commission refuse to provide funds for the fence.