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Mar 21, 2018

PM Orbán: Europe is full, and as a result the continent’s external borders must be defended

“We should not focus on the distribution of migrants, and a mandatory migrant quota is out of the question, but we should instead focus on ensuring that illegal migrants cannot gain entry to Hungary and the territory of the European Union,” the prime minister said

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has declared that Europe is full, and as a result the continent’s external borders must be defended.

The prime minister made the remarks following a meeting with Manfred Weber, the European People's Party parliamentary group leader, in Budapest’s Parliament Building on Tuesday.

He added that as a result, the Hungarian government can only consent to new migrant regulations that guarantee the defense of the external borders. The prime minister said that it is in this spirit that Hungary has submitted proposals for new immigration regulations to replace those that are at the moment “more focused on the distribution of migrants”.

“We should not focus on the distribution of migrants and a mandatory migrant quota is out of the question, but we should instead focus on ensuring that illegal migrants cannot gain entry to Hungary and the territory of the European Union,” the prime minister said.

Another subject on the agenda during the talks was the 2019 election to the European Parliament. The prime minster said that in the election Fidesz will stand together with the team of the European People's Party.

“We belong to the European People's Party. We are proud of this, and we see ourselves as a strong party within it,” he said.

“We want to win the 2019 European Parliament elections, and we also want to take responsibility for the formation of Europe's future,” PM Orbán said.