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Dec 19, 2017

EU Member States need the right kind of solidarity in the context of the migrant crisis, says minister

The debate on the future of the EU is “open, and as long as there is no agreement, countries sharing different views should not be imposed upon," Zoltán Balog said

Hungary's minister of Human Capacities has said that EU Member States need the right kind of solidarity in the context of the migrant crisis.

Zoltán Balog stressed that it is wrong to confine solidarity to the quota system, and to determine, by judging on moral grounds, “who is good and who is evil”.

“A wise person such as Donald Tusk who is always ready to cooperate rejects the quotas. The President of the European Council did not adopt this position because “he has turned evil and should as such be condemned morally, but because he realised something that others fail to realise," Balog said.

The migrant crisis emerged because in 2015 the borders were opened in contravention of all the regulations of the European Union. They are now seeking to remedy this mistake with the quota system which “is not working”, not only in the region of the Visegrád countries, but in the whole of Europe, the minister emphasized.

The minister also highlighted that other countries have a number of legal disputes in the EU. These debates and disputes must be duly conducted, and we must reach solutions which are “equally acceptable for the Member States and comply with the regulations”.

The minister said that Hungary is a committed pro-EU country, and wishes to contribute to making the EU stronger. Hungary takes the view that EU decision-making mechanisms must be changed because “the interests of the stronger” are being increasingly enforced, he said.

The debate on the future of the EU is “open, and as long as there is no agreement, countries sharing different views should not be imposed upon," the minister said.