PM Orbán on the V4: ‘We have never been stronger than we are now’
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In his regular Friday morning interview on Hungary’s public radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talked about the Stop Soros package, migration, a “disturbance in the force” within the EU, and the Visegrád Group. “We have never been stronger than we are now,” he said, referring to yesterday’s Visegrád Four plus Austria summit.
The government of Hungary has announced that the proposed tax law currently in front of Parliament proposes a 25 percent duty on organizations aiding illegal migration. The Government said that their goal with the new legislation is to help pay for expenses that illegal migration imposes on the Hungarian budget.
Mátyás Hegyaljai, the Ministry of Interior’s deputy state secretary for EU and International Affairs, told Parliament’s European Affairs Committee that Hungary is now not the only one that objects to the mandatory resettlement quota
“By protecting the Hungarian-Serbian external EU border, Hungary is protecting Germany, too,” Chancellor Merkel said. "In order to preserve free movement within the community, a real European border police must be established"
Szabolcs Takács, the state secretary for European Affairs, said the issues of migration, economic development and EU enlargement will prove problematic, while the European Commission plans to cut funding for policies whose goals are defined in the bloc’s treaties
While the outcome of recent elections and sources of political instability in Europe figured prominently in Prime Minister Orbán’s interview this morning on Kossuth Radio, he also warned about the coming “high tide” of migration and touched on Hungary’s budget for next year as well as the planned amendment to the Fundamental Law
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said he had written an official letter to the Office of the UNHCR “reminding” it of its duty to represent UN values. The minister also said in the letter that he considered it “unacceptable” that the office had accused Hungary of “completely ignoring” facts
On election day nearly two months ago, the voters of Hungary sent a clear message. They made it clear that they don’t want Hungary to become an immigrant country and that the country’s security comes first. To serve the will of the people and meet this obligation, the Orbán Government has put forth the Stop Soros legislative package. What’s in the new package? Let’s take a look at the details.
Following a meeting of EU foreign ministers and trade representatives in Brussels on Tuesday, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the section of the Cotonou Agreement dealing with migration was entirely unacceptable for Hungary
Speaking at last Thursday’s session of the European Parliament’s LIBE committee, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó reiterated Hungary’s strong opposition to any pro-migration plan. The draft report – which would call for the nuclear option of an Article 7 procedure to be launched against Hungary – is “a collection of compounded lies” and takes a stance far removed from facts and reality, he said.
During an international conference on terrorism and curbing extremism in Tajikistan, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said it is no longer an exaggeration to declare that the security of Europe begins in Central Asia
The prime minister said voters had underlined their support for the government’s essential targets such as economic growth coupled with fiscal discipline, full employment, support for families, preserving the value of pensions and guaranteeing security
Peter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said it became clear that Brussels and the United Nations want illegal migrants to come to Europe. “We continue to resolutely reject migration becoming recognized as a human right or a positive trend,” he said
"Hungary will keep on fighting and the people will decide on April 8th whether Hungary will continue to have an anti-immigration government or will have a pro-immigration government," the foreign minister said
Bence Tuzson, minister of state for Government Communication, said that the Helsinki Committee requested a list of empty state-owned properties in Budapest. He said the government will not issue this list and is prepared to go to court if necessary
More than three quarters of EU citizens are worried about illegal immigration in their countries, and 78 percent believe that the external borders of Europe should be better protected, according to an EU-wide survey conducted by the Századvég Foundation.
Zoltán Kovács said the government is paying particular attention to the various pieces of information that are coming to light with almost daily regularity in relation to the operations of the “Soros network”
According to a recently uncovered statement by Tracie Ahern, former chief financial officer of the Soros Fund Management, the billionaire financier commands a quasi-mercenary force of at least 2,000 people, tasked with achieving three goals: bringing down Prime Minister Orbán’s government, dismantling the border fence, and promoting immigration to Hungary.
The prime minister said it was not just for cultural reasons that migrants should not be distributed among EU member states, but also because hosting migrants would be beyond the countries’ economic capacities
They’re not giving in, those who see quotas and pro-immigration policies as Europe’s answer to the migration crisis. We’ll see a “decisive showdown” in June, said Prime Minister Orbán this week, when the EU’s heads of state and government will gather in Brussels again. Immigration will feature as one of the overriding issues on the agenda.
“We should not focus on the distribution of migrants, and a mandatory migrant quota is out of the question, but we should instead focus on ensuring that illegal migrants cannot gain entry to Hungary and the territory of the European Union,” the prime minister said
“The Hungarian people have a right to live in security, so that they do not have to be afraid of terrorist attacks and so that they can protect themselves from the security risks of the emergence of parallel societies,” Minister Szijjártó said
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, addressed the UN’s intergovernmental debate on its migration package in New York on Monday and highlighted Hungary’s disagreement with the document’s premise that migration is a positive and unstoppable phenomenon
“We must always remember that, from 1956 onwards, generations have fought and worked for Hungary to become a place where Hungarian people can decide on what happens in their homeland: this is called an election,” PM Orbán said
When POLITICO Europe published that story this morning on the retrial of a man facing charges in Hungary after an attack on Hungarian border guards, the reporter and editors left a lot out of the story.
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, announced that he will submit the proposal to the head of the UN General Assembly during his opening address to an international conference focusing on the UN’s migration package in Budapest
The Orbán Government strongly disagrees with the draft of the UN’s Global Compact on Migration, but we have decided to remain at the table and have put forward a list of alternatives to influence the debate.
“If we don’t want to become an immigrant country we’ll have to join our forces and fight this battle together,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, adding that with the upcoming elections Hungary’s future is at stake.
Minister Szijjártó said this could mean an unmanageable security threat for the European Union, and accordingly Hungary will be submitting proposals with regard to both the UN’s migration package and the reform of the Dublin Regulation
Hungary’s foreign minister has been given a mandate to propose amendments to the five areas the Hungarian government finds problematic in the UN's migrant package and to enforce Hungary’s position in the document
Recently, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel sent an ultimatum to the Visegrád countries. The essence of the ultimatum was that by the end of June, if a consensus is not reached in the European Council, then the mandatory migrant quota system will be adopted with a qualified majority vote - overruling dissenters.
Bence Tuzson said that the government would like members of the public in the largest possible numbers to state their views because this would help improve the final version of the Stop Soros legislative package
“Several national consultation surveys and a referendum have demonstrated beyond doubt that Hungarians don’t even want to hear about this. And the government must heed the will of the Hungarian people,” Csaba Dömötör said
Bence Tuzson, minister of state for Government Communication, said the draft bill will be put before parliament in late February and the goal of the legislative package is to “enact and enforce the overwhelming opinion of the people, and to take further steps to stop migration”
István Simicskó, minister of Defense, and his Slovak counterpart Péter Gajdos discussed security challenges posed by migration to Europe, and prospective defense cooperation within the Visegrád Four (V4) grouping and between the two countries
During an interview on Kossuth Radio’s “180 Minutes” program, the prime minister said that the government has never accepted the European Union’s quota regulations, and accordingly no one can demand any rights in Hungary based on those regulations
This three-step legislative package creates a new situation,” Prime Minister Orbán said in his radio interview this morning. “Everybody, including George Soros, can decide what to do. Stop supporting or continue to organize and support illegal migration.”
Syrians running for their lives have every right to enter the first safe state they reach, but the EU shouldn’t let them march through Europe. Schengen, one of the EU’s greatest achievements has to be protected because if we fail to defend our external borders then the internal ones will have to be closed again. Prime Minister Orbán in Welt am Sonntag on migration, Europe, Germany and the mutual lack of understanding between East and West.
In preparation for Thursday’s EU summit, President of the European Council Donald Tusk has circulated a note to EU leaders saying that “the issue of mandatory quotas has proven to be highly divisive and the approach has turned out to be ineffective.”
The Hungarian Parliament today rejected the European Parliament’s recent decision to establish a limitless and permanent migrant quota. In the resolution, Hungarian lawmakers said the decision would change irreversibly the continent’s future and called on the government to protect the country’s interests.
"Our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone," the US ambassador to the UN said. "We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country"
György Bakondi said more people are arriving from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sub-Saharan Africa, but are not fleeing war and are setting out for Europe in the hope of a better life because of economic problems in their homeland
János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said that Hungary investigated the ‘Soros files’, which was necessary to protect the Hungarian border and guarantee sovereignty, and were matters of national security
“Hungary would only begin extending the existing border security fence or constructing a new one if the main direction of illegal immigration were to move to another stretch of the border, with Romania or Ukraine," György Bakondi said
Hate to say we told you so, but that moment that Hungary has long been warning against has arrived. The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) has approved a regulation that would introduce a mandatory migrant quota system without an upper limit on the number of migrants. If this regulation is enacted, the European Parliament has approved the permanent quota system and is carrying out the plan of billionaire financier George Soros, seemingly point by point.
“Is it really true that in 21st century Europe we are removing a Christian symbol? Is everyone entitled to religious freedom except for Christians?," Minister Szijjártó asked, adding that these were pivotal issues that affected the fate of the continent
Last week while in London, I had the pleasure of sitting for an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy on ITN’s Channel 4 News. Our conversation focused on the migration crisis and, specifically, Prime Minister Orbán’s opposition to allowing mass immigration to Europe.
PM Orbán suggested that to help Italy tackle migrants arriving from Africa, the establishment of a fund similar to the one previously set up for Turkey, where EU member states would contribute in a similar ratio, would be one solution
PM Orbán said modern-day migration is chasing and pushing huge numbers of people towards Europe, and one of the routes along which these tens of millions of people are moving towards the continent is the Balkan migration route
During an interview on the BBC Hardtalk program, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said it was highly problematic that the European Union failed to get the migrant situation under control at the start of the crisis
"The Commission should not only oversee the fulfilment of the obligations related to immigration, but should also take the security of the EU’s citizens into consideration," the minister heading the Prime Minister's Office said
Hungary is a member of the European Union, EU treaties must be respected, therefore the rulings of the European Court of Justice must be acknowledged, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán this morning in response to the decision from the European Court of Justice on migrant quotas. However, he added, that is not a reason to change Hungary’s immigration policies, which reject mass migration.
The EC has urged member states that have refused to take in migrants - specifically Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic - to step up their efforts to relocate illegal immigrants from Greece and Italy
“The decision on the mandatory resettlement quota expires on September 26, and further legal disputes are expected concerning whether it must still be implemented following the deadline,' Bakondi said
Minister Szijjártó said it was an “honor” for Hungary that its efforts were mentioned during Germany's political debate and recognition that Germany was “finally aware of the efforts Hungary is making to fulfil its commitments to the bloc by protecting itself and Europe”
“Hungary has incurred over 800 million euros in costs and expenses relating to border protection tasks, and we are justified in expecting the EU to refund part of this expenditure based on solidarity," Hungary's foreign minister said
Recently, following his meeting with Irish PM Leo Varadkar Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau ‘sounded the alarm’ on the growing number of immigrants entering Canada. Although “Canada is an opening and welcoming society,” Prime Minister Trudeau said, “we are also a country of laws” and “there are rigorous immigration and customs rules that will be followed. Make no mistake”.
“We have a choice between protecting our country or allowing it to change forever,” Fidesz party’s communications chief said, citing recent estimates, according to which 60 million migrants are expected to flee Africa for Europe over the coming years
György Bakondi also stated that the activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which often assist migration in cooperation with networks of people smugglers pose a threat to internal security
“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time,” according to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report. Among other findings, the report clearly reveals that Europe is under serious threat. It is high time, the text shows, for European authorities and legislators to start taking border protection seriously.
PM Orbán highlighted that illegal immigration is bringing a culture of intolerance and growing anti-Semitism into Europe. The prime minister wrote that “I do not expect either thanks or recognition for our fight against illegal migration, but a modicum of assistance from your community would be appreciated”
It was one of the most heinous crimes from the dark days of the migrant crisis in 2015. The trial began this week in Hungary of eleven men charged in the deaths of 71 migrants, victims of human traffickers, found in an abandoned refrigerator truck in August of that year.
An interesting video surfaced recently in the deep corners of Youtube, a two-minute clip that uses open-source information on marine traffic to allegedly show how pro-migration NGO vessels are shuttling illegal migrants from the coast of Libya to Italy.
Soros’s network and its "agencies" were “a significant and non-transparent component of Hungary’s public life”. Soros and “his supporters in Hungary” were seeking to implement “a program to allow migrants into the country," the prime minister said
“This is the kind of doublespeak Hungary is seeking to combat,” I said in response to a reporter’s recent inquiry about a video produced with the support of the European Commission. “[W]hile everyone should be complying with EU regulations, propaganda materials supporting migration are being made from EU money.”
"Many think that Europe is in Brussels, where instructions are given to member states," the prime minister said, adding that this kind of ideology led to the financial crisis of 2008. It also led to the “free movement of illegal migrants replacing the free movement of labor"
“The Hungarian government fully agrees with the proposal, especially in view of the fact that 42,500 illegal immigrants have arrived in Italy as of mid-April, and many more are expected to set out for the continent with the arrival of good weather," Hungary's foreign minister said
The public prosecutor of Bács-Kiskun county said that altogether 1,200 people were transported illegally to western Europe between February 2015 and August of the same year on 31 occasions in sealed and crowded lorry compartments
“We expect the Hungarians to be given the respect they have a right to and we draw the attention of the Brussels bureaucrats to the fact that while they are centered on Hungary, the country is defending the borders of the European Union from illegal immigration," the minister said
Hungary's chief security advisor made the remarks in light of more than eighty people who have started demonstrations in the locality of Röszke. Bakondi said that a "Soros organization” arrived at the scene with organized transport
The number of attempts to illegally cross the border have fallen significantly since the stricter regulations were introduced and rather than undergoing checks and being identified, migrants are instead avoiding the Hungarian border and attempting to enter Europe via new routes
No one has been able to enter the territory of Hungary illegally since the legal border reinforcement because the authorities have prevented this, and the migrants who were apprehended in the interior of the country were accompanied back to the transit zones
According to Schengen rules, if people enter the Schengen zone by crossing the Hungarian border and do not have proper documentation, then Hungary has a legal obligation to ensure that those people do not leave until their status is clarified.
"Hungary actually never closed its borders to refugees or migrants. Anyone, even in the last two years, who wanted to cross the border legally [could use] border crossing stations. You provide your papers, your passport, and if you don’t have one, you basically play by the rules of the authorities and by the legislation of the EU," Hungary's deputy minster of Foreign Affairs and Trade said
The Helsinki Committee is attacking the reinforced legal border barrier - during the course of its overzealous activities it is attacking non-existent container prisons using faulty legal reasoning, according to a statement released today by the Ministry of Interior.
The Hungarian government has said that it gives priority to the interests and security of Hungarians, and no illegal migrants will be let into the country without a due assessment of their application for asylum
Hungary's foreign minister said it is important that no UN member state should use human rights as a tool of exerting pressure on another state. It is equally important that none of the member states should “be held hostage” in a dispute that purely concerns inter-state relations