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PM Orbán: Member States Need More Freedom To Tackle Migration Crisis

By Tamás Székely // 2015.04.24.

EU members should be given more freedom to deal with their own migration problems, Hungary’s prime minister said ahead of an extraordinary EU summit in Brussels.“ And if problems arise for the whole community, just like now, Hungary will be ready to cooperate,” Viktor Orbán told journalists, adding that he anticipated a difficult conference on an “emotionally distressing” development, namely last Sunday’s shipwreck in the Mediterranean, in which at least 700 illegal migrants from North Africa died.

“We all have some sense of guilt concerning whether Europe’s refugee system really functions well or not, and whether we should have made changes earlier,” Orbán said, adding that the summit should provide “sober, fast, and good decisions”. The prime minister said he was confident that if Hungary is given the freedom to form its own rules governing refugees arriving in the country “we will resolve” the issue, and argued that the current European regulations “compromise Hungary’s efficacy in handling the refugee issue”.

“Hungary has its own refugees, only they do not arrive by sea; they are a problem but we want to—and are able to—solve it,” Orbán insisted. However, “if there are common problems, Hungary is ready to cooperate and to make offers in order to take its share in jointly solving them”, he added.

via photo: Barna Burger – / MTI