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Mar 19, 2019

FM: Hungary holds firm on its refusal to carry out “a single word or sentence” of the global migration compact

Péter Szijjártó said a “secret document” has been published on work by the European Commission’s legal service to formulate “lengthy and devious” legal grounds for suggesting that the compact is, after all, mandatory for EU member states

The foreign minister has revealed that “tangible proof” has surfaced indicating that several committed supporters of the UN’s migration compact want to make the pact mandatory for every EU member state.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said a “secret document” has been published on work by the European Commission’s legal service to formulate “lengthy and devious” legal grounds for suggesting that the compact is, after all, mandatory for EU member states.

The minister said that although the document was not released the way the EC would have wanted it to be, the commission “has confirmed its existence”. “It is Hungary’s clear conviction that the package is not binding,” the minister added.

Minister Szijjártó insisted that the EC intends to have the EU’s development policies implemented on the basis of the goals of the migration compact. The document also mandates that member states must contribute to achieving the EU’s goals, including the implementation of the migration compact.

The minister said it was clear that the compact had supporters in Brussels, arguing that “it is rare that legal opinions like this are not ordered publications”. “This means that the battle hasn’t ended,” he said. “In fact, there’s a new battle starting against Brussels’ secret pro-migration plans”.

The minister reaffirmed that Hungary holds firm on its refusal to carry out “a single word or sentence” of the global migration compact, the minister said.