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Apr 25, 2017

Government spokesperson says so-called NGOs are the problem, not charities or volunteer organizations

“The problem isn’t with the some 60 thousand civic organizations operating in Hungary, but with so-called NGOs, which are trying to prove that they are true civic organizations," Zoltán Kovács said

Hungary's government spokesperson addressed the 'NGO issue' in an interview with Hungarian daily Magyar Hírlap.

“The problem isn’t with the some 60 thousand civic organizations operating in Hungary, but with so-called NGOs, which are trying to prove that they are true civic organizations," Zoltán Kovács said.

Kovács pointed out that the new act on civic organizations is the transposition of existing United States legislation that has been in effect since the 1930s. “And in countries like Hungary that are much smaller and thus more vulnerable than the United States, the activities of such organisations represent a much greater danger," he added.

“These few dozen organizations are using foreign monies practically exclusively in the interests of changing the existing political framework," he declared.

Kovács also spoke about the fact that while previously these organizations were involved with the situation of Hungary’s Roma minority, their true topic has since become migration.

It is clear that with regard to immigration “these organizations are working against existing Hungarian and EU legal frameworks using hundreds of millions in funding from Soros," he said.

“Political decision-making is the task of governments, the representatives elected by the people," he declared, noting that nobody has ever elected NGOs, but they nevertheless want to assume this role.

Kovács also touched on the National Consultation and about the fact that border protection has already cost Hungary around 800-900 million euros.