PM Orbán on EU summit: We defended our ground
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Zoltán Kovács said the issues illegal migration is posing to Europe have emerged in a number of different forms, from boats transporting migrants, through the latest Italian measures, to the mini-summit
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
Bulgaria’s proposal essentially means that “if enough of you come, you’ll be distributed; so a lot of you should come,” Minister Szijjártó said. “This constitutes an invitation to migrants, which is against Europe’s security interests,” he added
György Bakondi said the essence of the "Stop Soros" package is that activities assisting illegal migration are not humanitarian activities but are in fact activities that “pose a threat to the country’s security”
"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
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
PM Orbán said the number of migrants to be taken in by member states under a mandatory resettlement scheme keeps growing. Under the most recent proposal, Hungary would have to take in 10,000 people a year rather than the 1,000 that was to be allocated to the country originally
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.
According to Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács, 2,356,811 national consultation questionnaires were returned, 2,178,320 by post and 178,491 online. The number of responses rejecting the “Soros Plan” was above 2.3 million with regard to all seven questions included in the consultation, he added
Levente Magyar, the ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Parliamentary State Secretary, said that the EP will decide whether or not to launch Article 7 proceedings against Hungary based on Sargentini's report, which could lead to the suspension of Hungary’s voting rights
Hungarians have expressed their will and they do not want Hungary to become an “immigrant country” and they do not want the mandatory resettlement quota or any other elements of the “Soros plan” either, Fidesz spokesman Imre Puskás said
“Not everything that Orbán or Kaczynski say is foolish,” Mikuláš Dzurinda said. “I often feel that the European administration in Brussels interferes with the member states’ competence and that they are barely consulted"
“We managed to maintain our post, but failed to convince our opponents. The dispute has not finished, the judge has suspended the dispute. There will be a few weeks’ break now. We are going to meet again in March, and we shall continue the struggle around the issue of immigration," PM Orbán said
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 resolution calls on the government “not to succumb to the pressure from Brussels ... reject the Soros plan and provide continuous information to all Hungarians concerning the status of its implementation”
European values, democratic principles, rule of law. These are a few of the empty buzz words that the European political left uses in Brussels to justify politically motivated European Parliament hearings on governments they don’t like.
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.
Bence Tuzson, state secretary for Government Communication, said that “the government will fight the mandatory quota scheme and advocate the position of the Hungarian people both in Hungary and Europe”
The survey was conducted by the Nézőpont Institute in eleven countries, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia, and showed that 74 percent of respondents consider European migration policies bad for Europe
The government decided to extend the deadline because the public were still sending in their responses, but most importantly to allow for last week’s vote by the European Parliament to launch the EU's migrant relocation scheme
The European Parliament concluded with a large majority that the EU’s “future asylum system must include a mandatory resettlement regime” which the Hungarian government finds unacceptable and will reject in the strongest possible terms
Antal Rogán said that the European Commission states that immigration via the Mediterranean has slowed with the onset of winter, therefore 50,000 immigrants should be “brought in” from Turkey and distributed across central Europe
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.
Last week’s decision by the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament to propose a limitless resettlement quota scheme and the EP’s newest Hungary-bashing report all point in one, disturbing direction: a concerted effort to push a pro-immigration agenda that would accept an unlimited number of migrants into Europe and to strong-arm any member states that dare to oppose.
In his regular Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio’s program 180 Minutes, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the latest European Council meeting and the machinations of the Soros network to aggressively drive a pro-immigration agenda.
There is “no smaller bullet in the gun, but the establishment of a permanent and mandatory migrant resettlement mechanism,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán following the summit of EU leaders on Friday, “with no upper limit on numbers: the mandatory relocation quota system.”
In a 2016 draft proposal, the European Commission recommended that member states that refuse to participate in the mandatory resettlement of illegal immigrants should pay a so-called solidarity fine of 78 million HUF (250,000 EUR) per rejected migrant
The survey will be distributed in October and will touch on the relocation of a million migrants as well as proposals on border closures. The survey can be filled out online or on paper and returned by post
Previous dialogue concerning the resettlement of a few thousand people on a voluntary and ad hoc basis was discussed, they are now talking about a mandatory and permanent system of distribution with no upper threshold, Csaba Dömötör said
“We will continue to reject illegal migration and to fight against mandatory settlement quotas. We will not let them impose on us a failed and dangerous decision regarding the mandatory settlement quota," Hungary's foreign minister said
"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
Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó reacted to today’s ruling by the European Court of Justice rejecting Hungary’s and Slovakia’s challenge to the EU’s migrant resettlement scheme, calling the decision “outrageous and irresponsible.”
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
Hungary’s government proposes that the EU should scrap its mandatory migrant quota scheme, the foreign minister said, arguing that the EU is “unfit” to handle the migration crisis and only “aggravates” the situation
Latvian members of Parliament signed and issued a declaration in support of Hungary after the European Commission launched infringement proceedings against several countries including Hungary because of their migration policies
Hungary's foreign minister said “we are living in a new world and a new world order”. It is “good news” for Hungary and the rest of the world that US President Donald Trump is putting national interests first
Serious disputes can be expected on relatively simple questions, such as who should decide whom to allow into Hungary. Voters think this decision should be kept in the hands of Hungarians, the prime minister's office said
“The goal of the Brussels attacks is for fewer people to sign the National Consultation," Bence Tuzson said, adding that despite this interest is high, the people of Hungary realize that these are important issues and around 900,000 people have already returned their filled out National Consultation questionnaires
In today’s information-saturated world, we encounter a number of arguments and story lines that become popular and oft-repeated despite having almost no basis in fact. They sound compelling and have many people who would very much like to believe them, but they’re not true. The longer they linger, however, the more they get in the way. These myths deserve to be busted.
János Lázár, the minister heading the prime minister’s office, said that Hungary expects to have disputes of unprecedented ferocity with Brussels in May and June with respect to the issue of the distribution of immigrants
More than 3.36 million Hungarians voted “no” in the October 2nd referendum on the EU’s proposed quota system, an overwhelming 98 percent voting in favor of the government’s position that the decision on relocation of non-Hungarians should remain a national competence.
A new unity has come about in Hungary; the people have clearly stated what they want and it is the government’s duty to try and enforce their will, “and I will do everything possible to ensure that we can enforce that will, and I believe we have a chance of success," the PM said
3.3 million voters said “no” to the mandatory migrant relocation scheme in a national referendum in Hungary yesterday. This unprecedented level of support for the government’s position sends a clear message to Brussels: “Nothing about us, without us.”
The results of today’s referendum will not be clear until after the polls close at 7 p.m., but if past experience is any indicator, Hungary’s experience with voting in important referendums has been mixed.