PM’s Advisor: Beefed-up Frontex Not Enough to Contain Mass Migrant Flow
MTI-Hungary Today 2019.04.18.
The European Union’s move to bolster the staff of border agency Frontex to 10,000 will not be enough to protect the bloc’s borders from a massive inflow of migrants, the PM’s chief security advisor said on Thursday.
Speaking to public current affairs channel M1, György Bakondi noted that the European Parliament on Wednesday approved an agreement to beef up Frontex staff to 5,000 officers before increasing their numbers to 10,000.
Bakondi welcomed that the provision opposed by the Hungarian government, under which Frontex could intervene in a member state’s border protection efforts without the country’s consent, had been left out of the agreement. “This would’ve been a serious sovereignty issue,” he said.
Bakondi said the decision to enhance the border agency’s role was a part of the EP election campaign, arguing that it would only be implemented in the next parliamentary cycle.
“The EP has done everything it could in recent months to create a legal environment that favours the pro-migration forces,” he said.
If the composition of the EP changes after the election and if the EU’s top institutions will be headed by anti-migration politicians, it will be possible to enact decisions that are in line with the security needs of the European people, Bakondi said.
Fidesz: Brussels advocates more funding for ‘Soros groups’
The European Parliament’s fresh approval of a plan to increase funding for “Soros groups” will “enable those organisations to bring more migrants to Europe”, the parliamentary spokesman of ruling Fidesz said on Wednesday.
János Halász reacted to the EP’s approval of a programme under which the European Union could directly support NGOs dedicated to preserving democratic values.
Under the programme, Halász said, the EU would triple funding in the 2021-2027 financial period for “Soros organisations” to 1.8 billion euros. These NGOs could then spend these funds on “spreading their ideas and guidelines, drafting proposals and giving advice”, he said.
Halász said the groups in question wanted to portray the settlement of migrants as “some kind of a constitutional duty”. Countries that do not want to take in migrants are “openly threatened”, he said, adding that “everything is still proceeding according to the Soros plan”.
If the “pro-migration majority” stays in power or becomes stronger after next month’s European Parliament elections, “these plans will all be set in motion” and Europe will permanently become “a continent of immigrants”, Halász said.
On the featured photo: György Bakondi. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI