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Cabinet Chief Blasts EU’s “Scandalous” Proposal He Claims Amounts To “New Resettlement Scheme”

Ferenc Sullivan 2016.07.14.

The Hungarian government is to evaluate the European Commission’s “new scandalous proposal” which, according to Minister of State for the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár, would be a “completely new resettlement scheme” if adopted.

Commenting on reform proposals on the common refugee system put forward by Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Commision’s member in charge of migration policy, Mr. Lázár said that the European Commission wants to invite further millions to the continent and is ready to sanction member states not willing to take part in the project.

The government opposes the proposal because it concerns not political refugees but economic migrants and the cabinet disagrees with member states “not taking part in the resettlement” being hit with a special tax, he said. “The European Commission’s latest proposal clearly affects the country’s sovereignty”, the cabinet chief insisted.

avramopuloszMr. Avramopoulos has insisted in a recent interview that Hungary’s quota referendum will not put the EU off from reforming its migration policies

“The changes will create a genuine common asylum procedure”, Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Commissioner previously said regarding the plans.

Drawing a parallel with the referendum on the EU’s planned mandatory migrant resettlement quotas scheduled for 2 October, he said that it is important for the referendum to be valid because this would enable “more effective resistance” to the EU’s plans. This referendum will determine the “government’s room for manoeuvre in the struggle”, he claimed.

Mr. Lázár also commented on a report recently published by the advocacy organisation Human Rights Watch, which slammed the country for the alleged “cruel and violent” treatment of migrants. “I can state with complete certainty that Hungarian domestic authorities’ measures will fully reasonable and no acts of violence took place”, he argued.

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