The MEPs of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance are turning to the European Commission president over European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos’s latest call on EU member states to honour their commitments to take in migrants, a Fidesz MEP said on Saturday.
At an accompanying event of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York earlier this week, Avramopoulos, the EU commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship, expressed hope that European Union member states would soon approve the EU’s refugee relocation scheme. He expressed the EU’s support for the UN’s migration package and noted that EU member states had made voluntary commitments to take in refugees. In line with those commitments, 50,000 people should be distributed among member states by the end of next year, but so far only 13,200 have been relocated, he said.
Tamas Deutsch told journalists in Budapest that the Fidesz-KDNP MEPs will next week ask Jean-Claude Juncker when he would replace Avramopoulos and with whom.
Deutsch said that with his address at the UN event, Avramopoulos “violated the most basic rules” and “announced an openly pro-migration programme and the permanent settlement of migrants”. He said the commissioner’s remarks suggested that he intended to legalise and organise migration, strip member states of their right to protect their borders and manage their own asylum system and make it easier for migrants to enter Europe.
He said Avramopoulos had “overstepped his authority in an unprecedented way”, adding that his remarks were “diametrically opposed” to the EU’s legal norms, its decisions on the protection of the external borders and stopping immigration and even the EC’s amendment proposals to the existing migration rules.
The commissioner could only have said that the EU supports and accepts the UN’s migration package if he had been authorised to do so by all member states, Deutsch said. But by speaking on behalf of the EU, “when several member states disagree with his pro-migration remarks”, Deutsch said, Avramopoulos “violated the most basic rule”.