Orban: No money for migrants from the EU budget

Three deputy prime ministers will be appointed to the new government, Viktor Orban, the prime minister, said in an interview to public radio on Friday. The prime minister also discussed the EU budget, the “Stop Soros” legislative package and the anti-migration constitutional amendment.

Interior Minister Sandor Pinter will be deputy prime minister in charge of national security, and Mihaly Varga will be deputy prime minister in charge of the national economy, he said, adding that Varga embodied “predictability, calmness and financial stability” in the economy. Zsolt Semjen will retain his post in a general capacity.

A new prime minister’s office in charge of policy enforcement will coordinate the work of public administration state secretaries in other ministries. The new office will work together with the Government Control Office and a new centralised intelligence service operating under the PM’s office, Orban said. This will allow Hungary to better position itself in terms of information and intelligence activities amid strong international competition, he added. The prime minister said the post of deputy prime minister responsible for national security was justified by immigration, which he said would become Europe’s most pressing issue in the upcoming period.

Meanwhile, Orban also noted that a plan to amend the constitution to outlaw the relocation of migrants to Hungary will go ahead in the new government cycle. He said it was a “moral duty” to pass the anti-migration amendment that was not approved in 2016 because the opposition withheld its support. Orban said migration was not a matter of human rights but an issue of national security. Those in the government who handle migration issues should have access to the tools of national security, he said.

The “Stop Soros” package of bills, which the government submitted before the April 8 election, is a related effort, he said. “Soros’s shadow army should come out into the light,” Orban said, referring to US billionaire George Soros. Non-Hungarian citizens who support illegal migration will be filtered out from the country, he said, referring to the “Stop Soros” bill.

Orban said the government’s goals had not changed and it would continue to protect Hungarian and Christian culture and it would not allow the country to be transferred to foreigners. It will work towards the goal of full employment, requiring a well-functioning economy, lower taxes and higher wages. In addition, families with children will carry on getting the support while the value of pensions will be maintained and raised if possible, he said.

Orban said his government adhered to a Christian Democratic ideology.

“We are not building a liberal democracy but a Christian democracy in which human dignity comes first, the powers are separated, freedom is an absolute value, families are supported, global ideologies are rejected, there is faith in the importance of the nation, the government fights for full employment, the equality of women is respected and developments that lead to rising levels of anti-Semitism are prevented.”

Orban said he regretted that his Fidesz party had von 133 rather than 134 seats in parliament. “As far as I can see the Kuria [Hungary’s supreme court] has stripped us of one mandate”, he said, referring to the Constitutional Court’s criticism on Thursday of the Kuria for declaring over 4,000 votes for the ruling parties invalid. He said, however, that “it has to be accepted” and noted that under Hungarian law there was no legal remedy against the Kuria’s decision. He also noted that the final result of the election would be announced later on Friday.

The prime minister said he could not envisage any “extraordinary development” in the near future that would “sap his energies from managing the government”. He said he would be in a position to “define important and concrete tasks and get them implemented”.

Concerning the European budget, Orban said he would not support “one which would cut funds for farmers, research and development or regional development, and re-channel those funds to countries which have accommodated migrants”. Orban said the EU budget negotiations were expected to take a long time and he noted that a joint budget for seven years must be unanimously agreed on. “As long as Hungarians do not give the go-ahead, there’ll be no budget,” he said.

Migrants, he added, should not be given “a single cent” and the relevant support should be provided by member states from their own budget.

Neither Hungary not central Europe have anything to fear from any dispute over the rule of law or the budget, he said, adding that Hungary could be “particularly calm” because it had been completely assessed in 2013 from the point of view of the rule of law, “and we have it on paper that all is well”.

Referring to the impending European Parliament (EP) election and his related talks with the European People’s Party, Orban said the main topic of the election “can be nothing other than migration”, and only the Hungarians had so far had the opportunity to express their views on the matter. The EP election will therefore be a “big referendum” on migration, he said, adding that he had offered his personal contribuition as well as that of the ruling Fidesz party to a major people’s party campaign. Orban declared that the EPP was not the largest party in the European Parliament. “That label belongs to Soros.”

Source and photo: MTI

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