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Oct 09, 2017

Hungary's FM warns EU to accept failure of migrant relocation quotas or face dissent

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, blasted the Western EU member states for praising the Commission’s migration policy despite failing to meet its requirements

Hungary’s foreign minister has warned that if the European Union doesn’t accept that the migrant relocation quota system is a failure they could face dissent.

The UK’s Daily Express has highlighted how Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, blasted the Western EU member states for praising the Commission’s migration policy despite failing to meet its requirements.

"It’s obvious that the migratory policy of the European Union was a failure so far. The obligatory quota system is a total dead-end street,” the minister said during an interview with RT.

"At least Central Europe was honest about it but those Western European friends of ours, who praise the decision very loudly and bash us very loudly, have completed the quota up to 25 percent. So basically no one complied with the decision of the European Commission."

The European Union initiated legal proceedings against Hungary in June 2017 accusing them of failing to uphold their obligations to take in migrants. Minister Szijjarto pointed out that it takes away Hungary’s “right to make their own decisions" on migration.

“It’s a matter of hypocrisy, of political correctness instead of being honest and straight to the problem,” he said.

"This is actually against European regulations and European laws because the decision to impose quotas takes away the right of member states to make their own decision on who to let enter their countries and who not to let in."