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Nov 12, 2018

Ruling alliance calls on EC to explain the reasoning behind prepaid debit cards issued to tens of thousands of migrants

István Hollik, spokesman for the ruling alliance, said the EC should explain the origins of the cards, the amounts deposited on them, and the reasons why the scheme was kept in secret

The ruling Fidesz and Christian Democrat (KDNP) parties have called on the European Commission to explain the reasoning behind prepaid debit cards issued to migrants.

Earlier this week, Lajos Kósa, head of parliament’s defence and law enforcement committee, cited recent reports surrounding tens of thousands of prepaid debit cards made available to migrants by the European Commission and the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR.

According to sources, the debit cards are to have been used by migrants on the “reactivated Balkan migration route”.

István Hollik, spokesman for the ruling alliance, said the EC should explain the origins of the cards, the amounts deposited on them, and the reasons why the scheme was kept in secret.

The cards are said to be funded by moneys from the EU, the UN and US financier George Soros, Hollik said, raising the question whether member states have agreed to a scheme like that.

Holik added that the ruling parties expect information on the bodies financing tens of thousands of migrants on their way to the southern borders of Europe. He also stated that this method may also help them to finance terrorism.