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Dec 09, 2016

Hungary spends 500 million euros on border protection

The government’s position concerning the management of the illegal immigration situation continues to remain that the external borders must be protected under any circumstances

Hungary has spent more than 500 million euros on the protection of the Hungarian and European borders, Zoltán Kovács, government spokesperson, has confirmed.

Kovács reiterated that the government’s position concerning the management of the illegal immigration situation continues to remain that the external borders must be protected under any circumstances, while the temporary internal border controls must be terminated and the possibility of free movement must be restored.

Additionally, the mandatory distribution of migrants must be rejected, and there may be scope for voluntary quotas at most, he added.

He added that all expenses and elements must be taken into consideration for the purposes of solidarity, including the measures Hungary has adopted with a view to compliance with the regulations, even if not quite on the basis of the Brussels principles..

Regarding the resolution of the situation, the Member States would have a vested interest in finding the most effective solutions within the shortest possible time, he remarked. Kovács took the view that there is an increasingly diminishing chance of a major change in the proposal concerning mandatory distribution, and therefore there will be no agreement with great probability.