The head of the Association of County Seats (MJVSZ) on Tuesday called on mayors in Hungary to discuss ways to eliminate “the recent dangers” illegal migration causes to residents.
Karoly Szita, the mayor of Kaposvar in south-western Hungary, told a press conference that he had sent letters to his colleagues, initiating a meeting for the discussion of the EU’s mandatory quotas during the first half of 2018. Szita, of ruling Fidesz, noted that around 80 percent of mayors had signed a joint petition against EU migrant quotas in December last year.
“It gives cause to concern that according to reports Brussels has not given up on the mandatory relocation,” he said. Szita added that the European Parliament had recently passed a resolution assigning civil organisations an increased role in facilitating migration.
He added that US billionaire George Soros would also fund civil organisations set up in Hungarian cities to implement his migration plan.
Protests in Debrecen, Miskolc and Pecs
As long as Fidesz is governing Hungary, it will not allow the implementation of the “Soros plan” on migrant quotas, the minister in charge of the government’s Modern Cities programme said in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, on Monday. Efforts to set up and expand a network of civil organisations aimed at implementing the European Parliament’s mandatory migrant relocation plan are already under way, Lajos Kosa, the former mayor of the city, told a press conference.
As part of his plan, Soros has transferred 130 million forints (EUR 414,000) to a local NGO, the Association of Alternative Communities (AKE), he said. But instead of performing real civil tasks, the AKE will help settle and integrate migrants, and facilitate family reunification procedures, Kosa added, insisting that the association’s operation was non-transparent. “Debrecen has already done its share in tackling the migrant crisis; the city has fought for a long time for closing the local refugee camp that has caused a lot of problem for the residents in the area,” Kosa said.
Laszlo Papp, the mayor, said the city firmly protests against the operation of “sham charity civil organisations” that help implement the Soros plan. “These are political organisations,” Papp said and called on AKE to stop “its political activities”.
Last Monday, Miskolc mayor Akos Kriza said George Soros’s Open Society Foundation is unwelcome in the northern city. Kriza, reacting to press reports that the foundation was opening offices in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, and in Pecs in the south, said that “the expansion of Soros’s foundation in the provinces” is open interference with Hungary’s election campaign. Earlier, the local organisation of ruling Fidesz has called on “residents, businesses and organisations” in Pecs, in southern Hungary, not to provide facilities to a planned “George Soros campaign centre”.
Liberals to turn to top court over Pecs assembly’s
The opposition Liberal Party is turning to the Constitutional Court and the ombudsman for fundamental rights over a declaration adopted by the municipal assembly of Pecs last week, the party’s leader said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference, Gabor Fodor also slammed a letter Kaposvar mayor Karoly Szita had sent to his colleagues, “urging them to resist US financier George Soros’s opening offices for NGOs in various cities across Hungary”. If there is a clampdown on civil groups, it will result in weakened democratic controls, Fodor said, objecting to what he saw as efforts to demonise Soros.
Ruling Fidesz reacted by saying that the Liberals “are again standing up for George Soros”. In a statement, the party said Fodor was “one of the opposition politicians who have been attacking the government’s migration policy from the beginning”. Hungarian cities and towns are rightfully wary of the “Soros network” and its “pro-migrant policies”, Fidesz said, arguing that “wherever migrants have shown up in Europe, everyday security was gone”.