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Dec 02, 2016

Brussels cannot harm Hungary's sovereignty or constitutional identity

Hungary’s Constitutional Court ruled that Hungary agreed to practice EU laws in certain areas, but it did not mean the country would commit to losing its identity in the process

Brussels cannot violate Hungary’s sovereignty and it cannot harm its constitutional identity, János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, has said.

The minister made the comments in relation to the EU's migration policy and said that when Hungary’s Constitutional Court ruled that Hungary would practice EU laws in certain areas, it did not mean the country would commit to losing its identity in the process.

Lázár said that the top court’s position was clear that protecting sovereignty has primacy over the practice of common EU laws, since the latter cannot equate to restricting the people through its controls. At a government session next Tuesday and Wednesday, comprehensive and strategic issues will be deliberated and the cabinet will assess its work carried out so far and tasks for the future, he said.

Lázár also said the government was closely watching outside interference in Hungary’s affairs. He said there was evidence that foundations funded by Hungarian-born US financier George Soros were trying to exert influence in neighbouring countries and beyond. Lázár said it was “worth keeping up with these developments”, arguing that it was “clear” there were “intentions” to influence decisionmakers and others by “circumventing [these countries’] sovereignty”.