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Feb 14, 2017

Hungarians should decide their future not Brussels

The Hungarian government wants the people to decide on issues that define their future rather than “Brussels sneaking in legislation”

The Hungarian government wants the people to decide on issues that define their future rather than “Brussels sneaking in legislation”.

Csaba Dömötör, parliamentary state secretary at the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister, made the remarks and said that laws on migration, for instance, should be prevented from creeping into other areas too.

Referring to five policy “pillars” outlined by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his state of the nation address aimed at sustaining and strengthening national self-determination, he said the government expected “tough disputes” with Brussels and opposition parties.

According to MTI, the pillars included “defending” Hungary’s utility price cuts, strengthening laws on border protection in an effort to tackle the migrant crisis, ensuring greater transparency for “agencies” financed from abroad, and ensuring Hungary’s right to keep tax policy and support for job creation.

The government expects conflict with Brussels over energy policy, he said. An EU proposal on creating an energy union would ban price-setting by the state and Hungary would have to scrap its scheme to reduce utility bills, he added.

Meanwhile, EU asylum rules are being abused by a large number of illegal migrants who “move about unrestricted in Europe”, some mounting “brutal attacks”. Security is gravely compromised and the risks are “untenable”, requiring “legal border closure” to be strengthened, Dömötör said. Rules on the movement and detention of migrants must also be further strengthened, he added.