Index - Domestic - Viktor Orbán: It would be fair to halve the cost of border protection with the EU

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The European Union has never been under such migratory pressure, it has never been under pressure from three directions at once, which is a huge challenge for the entire European Union, the Hungarian Prime Minister said at the V4 heads of government summit on Tuesday.

Viktor Orbán said in a press statement with the leaders of the V4 countries – the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia – that Brussels has a flawed policy, “it finances practically everything that increases migratory pressure”, but does not give money to physically protect the border.

According to MTI’s report, he also said that the Hungarian position is still that the European Union must pay the costs of European border protection. According to Viktor Orbán, Hungary has always recommended a fair agreement:

it would be fair to at least halve the costs (…), given that we are protecting not only ourselves but Europe as a whole

– said the Prime Minister.

He also said that the V4 countries are proposing to the European Union not to support any country that has a direct or indirect connection to the external border of the European Union, including the migratory pressure on the Polish border.

Prior to the meeting, a Polish government spokesman said Mateusz Morawiecki had initiated the V4 prime ministerial meeting because of the current geopolitical situation.

As we have already written, the Polish Prime Minister discussed the situation in the Baltic countries on the eastern border of Poland and the three Baltic states on Sunday. The migrant crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border has become a source of serious tension in recent weeks. Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview on on Monday that he said that the threads of the crisis threatening Europe from the east were “all leading to Moscow”. He also said that the time had come “for common sense to finally prevail in the EU”.

According to the Polish Prime Minister, his country is a “serious state governed by the rule of law, effective and fulfilling its obligations”, and there is hardly a need now for matters other than the rule of law, such as the debate over Article 7 of the EU Treaty.

In a letter to Ursula von der Leyen on Monday, Viktor Orbán called on the European Commission to suspend all infringement proceedings that undermine Member States’ measures to protect the territorial and national integrity and security of its citizens. According to the Prime Minister, Member States cannot be held accountable or punished for using workable solutions to the looming challenges.

The Prime Minister wrote a letter to Ursula von der Leyen in early November, explaining that a new migration crisis is unfolding at the gates of the European Union, Hungary has defended the southern external borders, but now is the time for the European Union to make a fair contribution to border protection.

(Cover photo: Viktor Orbán, November 4, 2021. Photo: Zoltán Fischer / Prime Minister’s Press Office / MTI)

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