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Interior Minister: Stronger Frontex Needed but Must Not Infringe National Sovereignty

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.12.04.

Hungary continues to insist on preventing rather than managing illegal migration, as well as protecting the external borders of the bloc, Interior Minister Sándor Pintér said at a meeting of the European Council’s Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) in Brussels.

The interior ministry said in a statement the JHA discussed on Monday the decree expanding the competencies of Frontex, the EU’s border protection agency, which is to come into force on Dec. 4.

The ministry said Hungary, from the very beginning, had promoted Frontex support for member states and third countries in their fight against illegal migration. But a stronger Frontex, it added, must not infringe on the sovereignty of member states or jeopardize their own border protection efforts.

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Regarding internal security within the EU, the Hungarian delegation agreed that law enforcement organisations need to upgrade their methods and equipment to keep abreast of technological developments. The EU’s law enforcement, including the Budapest-based European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), will play an active role in advancing such technological developments, the ministry added.

The ministers reviewed the EU’s interoperability package designed to provide swift access to information systems on the part of law enforcement, migration and border protection forces. Hungary was one of the first member states to launch related developments and legislation, it said.

In the featured photo: Interior Minister Sándor Pintér. Photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI