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Jun 17, 2016

Working Group on migration to debate Brexit

The working group on migration will be tasked with summarizing and preparing decisions on all aspects of migration

A working group on migration has been set up with the government by László Trócsányi, minister of Justice, with the participation of the Ministry of Interior and the Prime Minister’s Office.

The three ministries taking part in the working group are required to prepare a report for the cabinet meeting to be held next Friday regarding the latest situation related to the legislative regulation of immigration in the context of the European Union and Hungary.

They will look into the EU’s relevant legislative process regarding the mandatory quotas, especially taking into consideration V4 cooperation and the prospects of the referendum.

“The working group on migration will be tasked with summarising and preparing decisions on all aspects of migration, meaning it could also deal with the EU quota system, the Hungarian quota referendum and even Brexit," said Government Spokesman Zoltan Kovacs.

According to Kovács, the primary duty of the Working Group is to prepare the legal tasks relating to the European Union summit at the end of July and to migration in general.

Most importantly, the expertise required for the topic must become available at the earliest opportunity, he stressed.

The Working Group, comprised of politicians and experts from the ministries involved, will already begin work prior to next week’s Cabinet meeting, he continued.

The Working Group may also be tasked with assessing Thursday’s referendum on the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union, because whatever the outcome “many things will change as a result," Kovács added.

In addition, the Working Group will also discuss the already adopted EU quota, which Hungary and Slovakia are contesting at the European Court of Justice, the proposed new Brussels quota and also the Hungarian referendum on the subject.

It will provide assistance to the Cabinet with relation to preparations for the latter and in handling and processing its consequences, he added.