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Sep 14, 2017

Hungary's struggles with Brussels over migrant crisis have only just begun, says state secretary

“Brussels may launch a lawsuit against Hungary in the days to come because of [its opposition to] the mandatory migrant quotas, the struggle over immigration has but just begun," Pál Völner said

Hungary's struggles with Brussels over the migrant crisis have only just begun, Pál Völner, the justice ministry state secretary, said.

He told daily newspaper Magyar Idők that Hungary has got used to being attacked by the European Commission for its anti-migration stance.

“They want us to pull down the fence [along the southern border] and let migrants enter Hungary," Pál Völner said. “As Brussels may launch a lawsuit against Hungary in the days to come because of [its opposition to] the mandatory migrant quotas, the struggle over immigration has but just begun," he added.

The Brussels court made it clear in its ruling that the related EU resolution is valid, the 2015 September decision on the temporary distribution of migrants among the EU member states was made in an appropriate framework, he said.

The EC’s migration commissioner, however, announced on the very day of the ruling that the EC would make a proposal for an automatic, permanent mechanism this year and the inflow of migrants would be permanent, Völner said.

“[Hungary] has acknowledged the ruling. It is an important detail, however, that the Luxembourg court’s decision gives no cause for Hungary to change its immigration policy that rejects the takeover of migrants. It does not oblige Hungary to do anything, it only declares that the quota decision was legal,” Völner said.