The European Union’s refugee and migration system is not sufficient enough to defend Europe from illegal migration but the Hungarian Constitutional Court’s ruling last Friday can serve as a compass for the EU for its future migration policy, Hungary’s justice minister said in Brussels on Tuesday.
“It is high time that EU rules are adjusted to realities,” Judit Varga told Hungarian reporters after a meeting of EU affairs ministers.
In its ruling, the Constitutional Court said that member states can apply individual solutions to supplement incomplete European Union laws until which time the EU fully fills out its laws to cover joint competences. The ruling did not run counter to the primacy of EU law and did not overrule any decision of the EU court, she said.
The minister said that several member states had asked the European Commission to find new solutions for tackling migration or to finance the construction of physical barriers along borders. She noted that Hungary had applied unique and innovative methods already in 2015 by putting “legal barriers” to migration in place and establishing transit zones. While member states expect similar solutions from the European Commission, Hungary is still subject to court proceedings for the same.
“Hungary is still subject to politically motivated proceedings launched by the pro-migration majority in the European parliament,” she said.
The Hungarian government, however, will always defend Hungarian interests and no matter what pressure it faces it will not allow migrants to enter Hungary and will fight to the utmost to defend the borders of the European Union, Varga said.
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