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Mar 07, 2017

Hungary's border fence is protecting the European Union

The new secondary line of defense, stretching for 150 kilometers, will enable the border to be monitored using CCTV and thermal cameras, and other technological equipment

Hungary's border fence is protecting the European Union, not just Hungary, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács has said.

“The fence is protecting the European Union, not Hungary, and if Hungary can stop illegal migration in this manner, then there is no need for the tailbacks at the Hegyeshalom border crossing station either, since it has also defended Austria," Kovács said.

The second fence along the Serbian-Hungarian border will be completed by May 1, the government has confirmed. The new secondary line of defense, stretching for 150 kilometers, will enable the border to be monitored using CCTV and thermal cameras, and other technological equipment.

“The goal to be realized by the fence is exactly what the Austrians want too, i.e. that nobody is able to cross the border who will need to be sent back later because they are in the EU illegally," Kovács added.

The new “intelligent fence” has much greater technical capabilities that the existing one. “Thanks to the new technology, a low voltage, and completely safe current will also be flowing through the fence, which will send an alarm to border control authorities if any attempts are made to damage the fence," he said.

“The problems of illegal immigration cannot be solved at internal borders," declared Kovács, according to whom Austrian border controls cannot replace the protection of the Schengen border, on which Hungary and Austria are working together.

“We are asking everyone to assist us in this task, because then we will be able to save a lot of energy and effort that internal border controls would cause at Hegyeshalom because it is inconvenient for the public and could cause losses to businesses," he said.