Kovacs: Brussels makes confession

Brussels has in effect made a confession that its concepts of migration that the Hungarian government claims would increase migration to Europe do indeed exist, Zoltan Kovacs, the state secretary for international communications and relations, said on Tuesday.

“The government regards these as dangerous,” Kovacs told a press conference, commenting on the European Commission’s critical response to the government’s campaign on migration. A legal proposal on the compulsory distribution of migrants within the bloc does exist and the European Commission has also confirmed that it is still pushing for the settlement of migrants from outside the EU within this framework, he said. The commission has admitted that migrants staying in Greece receive bank cards, so far costing 110 million euros, he said. It has also “confessed” to a desire to strengthen border guard units controlled from Brussels, Kovacs added, noting a comment by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that this could only work at the expense of national sovereignty.

“Also confessed is the European Parliament’s adoption of a proposal on migrant visas, the so-called humanitarian visas, and this essentially paves the way for the commission to stand by it,” he said.

Meanwhile, whereas the commission has not been mentioned in the EC resolution, the EP is intent on increasing funding for NGOs by 570 billion in the next financial cycle, Kovacs said. He said the government was determined to inform the public about Brussels’ plans, and this is why Prime Minister Viktor Orban is sending a letter to all voters. The government “won’t be dissuaded from communicating plans that it disagrees with,” he said. “We don’t want Hungary to be a country of immigrants while the Brussels bureaucracy is intent on Europe becoming a continent of immigrants.”

Kovacs argued that the commission’s job should be to enforce what the European Council decides rather than implementing migration plans in its preparatory work without a consensus.

On a separate topic, commenting on the announcement of a national strike by public employees on 14 March, Kovacs said the government was saddened that some unions had entered into the EP election campaign. He noted that the government had in recent years launched career and pay-rise schemes for public workers.

Source and photo: MTI

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