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Oct 19, 2016

Hungary is aiming to achieve the removal of mandatory resettlement quotas from Brussels

The issue of constitutional identity is not a Fidesz affair but that of Hungary

The Hungarian government is aiming to achieve the removal of the mandatory resettlement quotas from the agenda in Brussels, János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s office has said.

The government needs every Hungarian politician’s help in this struggle, Lázár said, who said that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán invited Hungarian opposition leaders to a meeting to discuss the pressing issues in this area.

The prime minister held talks with Gyula Molnár, president of MSZP and Jobbik President Gábor Vona. They are also awaiting the leaders of LMP, Minister Lázár said.

At the meeting held with Gyula Molnár, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán provided an overview of what may be expected at the European Council summit to be held in the second half of the week, and requested the support of the socialists during the course of the European political debates even if MSZP’s position has not changed regarding the amendment of the Constitution, and consequently "no agreement has been reached," Lázár said.

The minister takes the view, however, that the issue of constitutional identity is not a Fidesz affair but that of Hungary.

Those who participated in the quota referendum on October 2nd did not do so on the basis of their party political conviction as far more people turned out to vote than the number of people who support the government parties, he added. It is necessary to reach a national consensus for the struggle fought for stopping mass migration, he stressed.

He also said that Hungary will represent the principle of flexible solidarity at the meeting of the European Council, and in the spirit of this, they would like the costs spent on the protection of the borders to be taken into consideration.