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Feb 27, 2019

Brussels has in effect made a confession that its concepts of migration would indeed increase migration to Europe

Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications and relations, said the government regards Brussels' steps toward migration as dangerous

Hungary’s international spokesman has said that Brussels has in effect made a confession that its concepts of migration would indeed increase migration to Europe.

Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications and relations, said the government regards these steps as dangerous.

Commenting on the European Commission’s critical response to the Hungarian government’s campaign on migration, Kovács said a legal proposal on the compulsory distribution of migrants within the bloc does exist and the European Commission has also confirmed that it is still pushing for the settlement of migrants from outside the EU within this framework.

The spokesman said the commission has admitted that migrants staying in Greece receive bank cards, so far costing 110 million euros, he said. It has also “confessed” to a desire to strengthen border guard units controlled from Brussels, noting a comment by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that this could only work at the expense of national sovereignty. “Also confessed is the European Parliament’s adoption of a proposal on migrant visas, the so-called humanitarian visas, and this essentially paves the way for the commission to stand by it,” he said.

What’s more, whereas the commission has not been mentioned in the EC resolution, the EP is intent on increasing funding for NGOs by 570 billion in the next financial cycle. He said the government was determined to inform the public about Brussels’ plans, and this is why Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is sending a letter to all voters.

The government “won’t be dissuaded from communicating plans that it disagrees with,” he said. “We don’t want Hungary to be a country of immigrants while the Brussels bureaucracy is intent on Europe becoming a continent of immigrants,” he said.

Kovács argued that the commission’s job should be to enforce what the European Council decides rather than implementing migration plans in its preparatory work without a consensus.