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Cabinet Chief: Referendum On Migrant Quotas As Important For Hungary As NATO, EU Vote

Tamás Székely 2016.04.15.

The Hungarian government regards its proposal for a referendum on mandatory migrant quotas as important as past referendums on Hungary’s NATO and European Union accessions, government office chief János Lázár said on Thursday at a regular press briefing. (Hungarians were asked about NATO accession in 1997 and about EU accession in 2003.)

János Lázár said the European Commission wants to handle this problem with bureaucracy, while the Hungarian government wants to use democracy. He said the EC’s latest proposal which includes mandatory quotas on migrants means “sharing out trouble; the terrorist threat in Europe”. Brussels would also like to determine who can live in Hungary, he said.

With its resettlement scheme, the EU would not be distributing refugees but “problems”, Lázár said, arguing that 1.5 million people have already entered Europe unchecked. He said some of these people could potentially be members of terrorist groups. Hungary’s stance is that Europe is not in need of a new “migration scheme” but rather a new Schengen Area defence and border control system, Lázár said.

The Hungarian government will try to convince the leaders of the other three Visegrád Group countries (Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) as well as other European leaders before next month’s EU summit, he said. Lázár also noted that Hungary has challenged the mandatory quota scheme at the European Court of Justice and that Poland has joined the lawsuit on its side. Germany, Greece, Sweden, Luxembourg, Italy, France and Belgium have taken the side of the European Commission, he said.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI photo: Zoltán Máthé – MTI