Lazar: ‘Soros network’ attempts to influence EU reports on Hungary

In addition to their efforts to influence decisions in Hungary, members of the “Soros network” also regularly try to interfere in the European Union’s compilation of reports and formation of official positions on Hungary and Poland, the government office chief said on Wednesday.

US financier George Soros employs some 2,000 activists whose job is to interfere in Hungary’s domestic political decision-making process, Janos Lazar told a press briefing after a cabinet meeting. And Soros’s Brussels office attempts to interfere in the EU’s drafting of reports on Hungary and Poland with “various written recommendations”, Lazar added.

He said that after the April 8 election, the government should “review these processes” from a national security standpoint. The government should also bring to the EU’s attention that the organisations in question are interfering in the European Commission’s decision-making process, which he said hurts the commission’s transparency. In light of these practices, the government still considers it crucial that parliament pass the “Stop Soros” bill, Lazar said.

He said that at the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Viktor Orban had briefed the cabinet on last week’s European Council summit. Lazar quoted Orban as having said that Hungary would no longer support the Bulgarian EU presidency’s border protection proposal, as it focuses too much on the redistribution of migrants across the bloc.
Further, the government reaffirmed Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto’s mandate to continue to oppose the United Nations’ migration package. Lazar repeated the government’s position that Hungary will not back the UN’s stance on migration until its 12-point proposal concerning the draft package is approved.

On the topic of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain, Lazar said Orban last week in Brussels had recommended recalling the EU’s permanent representative in Moscow for consultations. The government office chief did not elaborate on Hungary’s decision to expel a Russian diplomat over allegations that Russia was behind the murder attempt.

The government office chief was asked about press reports which suggested that a member of an international criminal organisation as well as another person linked to Syria’s dictatorship have bought residency bonds in Hungary. Lazar said that participants in the bond programme had been screened, adding that “no violation, mistake or negligence” has been reported. He went on to say that those claiming that there is a security risk “are supporting people who had attacked Hungarian police at Roszke (border station)”. He also added that it was not up to government members to determine whether an applicant posed a security risk.

Source and photo: MTI

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