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Govt Responds to EC: Brussels Wants to Legalise and Boost Immigration

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.03.04.

According to the Hungarian government’s response to the European Commission, Brussels intends to legalise and boost immigration. The document released on Sunday is a detailed response to the commission’s Feb. 28 statement criticising the government’s communications regarding European Union policy on migration.

The eight-page rebuttal presents the EU plans and decisions that the government says would increase migration into Europe.

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In connection with the document, Csaba Dömötör, the state secretary of the cabinet office, said in a statement that various public statements and voting records showed the intentions of the EU.

The plans reflect a clear intention: to legalise immigration rather than stop it. This intention is well served by the introduction of quotas, migrant bank cards and migrant visas.”

Meanwhile, the Government Information Center said in a statement that the government advocated honest dialogue, even if this involved disputes.

The statement published on the government’s website kormany.hu refers to a Brussels resolution stating that “the possibilities for legal migration must be ensured”. This, the statement said, “is extremely telling”.

“This is not a secret plot but an open intensification of cooperation on immigration,” it added.

The statement said that whereas the commission insisted that financier George Soros had nothing to do with the EU’s migration policies, “the billionaire’s published statements coincide with plans being made in Brussels”.

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The government said the scheme to relocate migrations based on compulsory quotas had not been withdrawn and the rights of EU member states to protect their borders would be overruled.

The commission, it added, supported the introduction of a migrant visa while, “bafflingly’, denying such a plan.

At the same time, no denial was given concerning money given to organisations that aid migration, it said. Already, “tens of thousands of migrants” receive topped-up bank cards, the government maintained. The commission has acknowledged funding the scheme for migrant bank cards, it said, adding that 64,000 people had received money through card.

In its rebuttal, the government also noted that the commission backed pilot projects that would legalise migration. Accordingly, EU member states would propose pilot schemes with African countries to “replace irregular migration flows with secure, orderly and well-managed legal migration opportunities”. The government document says

The European Commission does not seek to stop migration but the legalise it”

Brussels, it insisted, planned to reduce the EU funds of member states that take an anti-migration stance in a number of ways. The commission’s insistence that “there is no correlation between EU funding and support or rejection of migration” is untrue, the document adds.

“We are committed Europeans and we won’t surrender,” the government said in the rebuttal. “We want a Europe that respects the rights of nation states, builds on its Christian values, protects its communities, and can maintain its long-term security. This is why we speak out whenever we see all this endangered,” it added.

State Secy: Opinion of Hungarian people more important than party discipline

While the government listens to criticism, the opinion of the Hungarian people is more important than party discipline, the state of secretary for international communications told public radio on Sunday.

German Political Right Slams Fidesz over New Govt Campaign

Commenting on criticism of the Fidesz government by the European People’s Party in connection the government’s billboard campaign, Zoltán Kovács said the government had a duty to inform the Hungarian people what was at stake in the upcoming European Parliament election.

He said it had become clear in the past weeks that the government’s billboard campaign was factual. Kovács insisted that the European Commission’s policies would make Europe into a continent of immigrants.

The information campaign will continue until March 15, he said.

Asked about Fidesz’s possible ejection from the European People’s Party, Kovács said this would be “unreasonable”. Fidesz, he added, represented common sense, in line with the opinions of the Hungarian people and more and more Europeans.

Migration endangers the very foundations of European culture, he added.

State secretary for international communications Zoltán Kovács

Kovács said the commission was overreaching, preparing decisions secretly and forcing member states into a corner. He cited the decision on migrant relocation quotas, rejected twice by the European Council in 2015, yet eventually “forced” through.

The EU, he said, should remain a forum of cooperation between equal member states. In cases where there is no complete agreement between them, there should be no compulsion to accept a given policy, he added.

Fidesz: Brussels wants to open gates to millions of economic migrants

Brussels wants to open the gates to millions of economic migrants, the ruling Fidesz parliamentary group’s spokesman told a news conference in the city of Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, on Saturday.

János Halász said the plans for economic migrants were “Brussels’ most dangerous”.

“It’s not about refugees but about allowing millions of economic migrants into Europe,” he said, adding that economic migrants were illegally entering Europe together with real refugees.

If the gates are opened wider to millions of economic migrants from Africa and the Middle East, not only would be impossible to hold them back but they would be attracted to Europe.”

In connection with a demand by Manfred Weber, the head of the European People’s Party, that the government halt its poster campaign depicting commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and financier George Soros, as well as demands by several EPP parties to exclude Fidesz from the party grouping, Halász said Fidesz saw its task as to protect European values and halt migration.

On the featured photo: Jean-Claude Juncker and Viktor Orbán. Photo by Balázs Szecsődi/PM’s Press Office