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Jul 18, 2019

Chief Security Advisor: Hungary and the new EC President hold similar views on many issues

György Bakondi said one such issue is that von der Leyen is on the position that the EU should reinforce its external borders, while another common point is that she also believes that help must be delivered to where it is needed instead of importing the problems.

Chief Security Advisor György Bakondi has said Hungary and the new President of the European Commission have similar views on many issues.

During an interview on the M1 television channel, Bakondi said one such issue is that von der Leyen is on the position that the European Union should reinforce its external borders, he said, while another common point is that she also believes that help must be delivered to where it is needed instead of importing the problems.

Bakondi also said that von der Leyen has declared that the European distribution of migrants must be changed. He reminded that Hungary has always maintained that it does not subscribe to a policy of mandatory distribution of immigrants which only amplifies the problems and poses a serious security risk to the citizens of the EU.

The Chief Security Advisor said that since 2015 the mandatory distribution of migrants across EU member states has been a permanent topic, most often referred to as “the common European solution”. It also includes the principle that migrants should receive the same social support as a country’s own citizens.

Bakondi also reminded that the United Nations’ migration pact – which eight member states have declined to sign – is not binding but there are again signs that the European Union wants to make it so for its member states.

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