Ruling parties call on EC to explain prepaid debit cards for migrants

The ruling Fidesz and Christian Democrat (KDNP) parties call on the European Commission to answer some questions regarding prepaid debit cards reportedly issued for migrants, the alliance’s spokesman, Istvan Hollik, told a press conference in Budapest on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Fidesz’s Lajos Kosa, head of parliament’s defence and law enforcement committee, cited recent reports about tens of thousands of prepaid debit cards made available to migrants by the European Commission and the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR.

The debit cards are reported to have been used by migrants on the “reactivated Balkan migration route”, Hollik said. The EC should explain the origins of the cards, the amounts deposited on them, and the reasons why the scheme was kept in secret, he said. The cards are said to be funded by moneys from the EU, the UN and US financier George Soros, Hollik said, raising the question whether the member states have agreed to a scheme like that. The ruling parties expect information on the bodies financing tens of thousands of migrants on their way to the southern borders of Europe, Hollik said, adding that this way they may also finance terrorism.

Hungary, Slovenia defence ministers discuss migration, border defence

Peace on the Western Balkans is of paramount importance for both Hungary and Slovenia, Defence Minister Tibor Benko told public television on Saturday, after talks with his Slovenian counterpart Karl Erjavec. At the meeting on Friday, the two ministers agreed that EU member states have to protect their own borders themselves as well as the Schengen border. Erjavec praised the Hungarian army and police’s role in border protection.

Benko noted that thousands of Hungarian troops had served along the southern borders since the migrant crisis in 2015. Their number was cut back this July, but over 2,000 are standing by to be deployed to the border as quickly as possible, he said. The two ministers agreed that the accession of Serbia and Montenegro to the EU should be facilitated. Hungary is working to speed up the process, and help the two countries join the EU before 2025, the accession date set by Brussels, he said.

Source and photo: MTI


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