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Oct 23, 2018

Government Spokesperson says EU border plans are "unacceptable"

Zoltán Kovács says centralizing border control would infringe on the sovereignty of member states

Hungary’s Government Spokesperson has said the European Union’s plans to introduce a European immigration agency are “unacceptable”.

Zoltán Kovács dismissed proposals by the Commission to set up EU-level controls for the community’s external borders, highlighting that state borders should remain intact.

During an interview on Kossuth Radio, Kovács said “a state cannot exist without state borders”, and argued that “centralizing border control would infringe on the sovereignty of member states”.

The spokesman said leaders of the EU “must not snatch the member states’ right to decide whether or not to accept refugees, either”.

Kovács insisted that the above mentioned initiatives were designed by “Brussels bureaucrats” and aimed at introducing “permanent systems to distribute migrants” in member states. Such systems would not be necessary “if the EU were capable of controlling its external borders,” he concluded.