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Jun 09, 2017

Hungarian government expects further clashes with EU over migration

The Hungarian government does not see migration as a solution to Europe’s problems and migration and migrants pose a security risk, among other types of risks, to the continent

The Hungarian government is expecting further clashes with the European Union over migration during the next six months.

János Lázár, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said he expects disputes to escalate with the European Union over the question of EU and member state competences on the issue of migration.

Lázár added that George Soros wanted migration to be regulated by the EU rather than member states. Soros’ proposal was for Europe to take in one million migrants a year and for them to be distributed among member states under a mandatory redistribution scheme.

He said this position was “unacceptable” for the Hungarian government and the 1.7 million people who had taken part in its “national consultation” survey.

Hungary’s stance is to “stop migration rather than organize it," he said. Lázár said that political programs requiring Hungary to transfer a new slate of competences to Brussels would likely emerge.

During a weekly press briefing, Lázár said the government was expecting an intense debate on migration at the European Council meeting later this month. The Hungarian government does not see migration as a solution to Europe’s problems and migration and migrants pose a security risk, among other types of risks, to the continent.

Hungary would not take in migrants based on the EU’s migrant redistribution scheme, adding that it was not the only country refusing to take part, he added.