Ukraine and discrimination against Hungarians: When will we see real progress?
“Hungary’s ambition is to guarantee that around 150,000 Hungarians can live in security in the Transcarpathia region and exercise their rights”Read more
Last Friday, the Venice Commission published its opinion on Hungary’s recently adopted Stop Soros legislative package. Regretfully, instead of acting in its capacity as an expert legal advisory body, the Commission seems to be more comfortable repeating political opinions.
In his regular Friday morning interview on Hungary’s public radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talked about the Stop Soros package, migration, a “disturbance in the force” within the EU, and the Visegrád Group. “We have never been stronger than we are now,” he said, referring to yesterday’s Visegrád Four plus Austria summit.
The government of Hungary has announced that the proposed tax law currently in front of Parliament proposes a 25 percent duty on organizations aiding illegal migration. The Government said that their goal with the new legislation is to help pay for expenses that illegal migration imposes on the Hungarian budget.
While the outcome of recent elections and sources of political instability in Europe figured prominently in Prime Minister Orbán’s interview this morning on Kossuth Radio, he also warned about the coming “high tide” of migration and touched on Hungary’s budget for next year as well as the planned amendment to the Fundamental Law
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said he had written an official letter to the Office of the UNHCR “reminding” it of its duty to represent UN values. The minister also said in the letter that he considered it “unacceptable” that the office had accused Hungary of “completely ignoring” facts
On election day nearly two months ago, the voters of Hungary sent a clear message. They made it clear that they don’t want Hungary to become an immigrant country and that the country’s security comes first. To serve the will of the people and meet this obligation, the Orbán Government has put forth the Stop Soros legislative package. What’s in the new package? Let’s take a look at the details.
Gergely Gulyás, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said that after the submission and agreement of the new legislative package, the organization of illegal immigration will be a criminal law scenario in the Penal code
“We can’t carry out the work of the next four years without inserting it into a long-term plan,” said Prime Minister Orbán this morning in his regular interview with Hungary’s public Kossuth Radio. The PM shared specific plans, touched upon the emptiness of liberal democracy, talked about an upcoming national consultation and explained how the Stop Soros package will bolster Hungary’s security.
György Bakondi said the essence of the "Stop Soros" package is that activities assisting illegal migration are not humanitarian activities but are in fact activities that “pose a threat to the country’s security”
“Keep calm,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his interview on Kossuth Rádió this morning, referring to discussions over the EU’s next multi-year budget. The debate will be long and drawn out, but ultimately it has to have unanimous support, and “as long as Hungarians do not say okay, there won’t be any budget.”
The minister of state for Government Communication said the aim of the Brussels report is to place pressure on Hungary and to achieve the downfall of the government and replace it with a “pro-immigration cabinet that is acceptable to Brussels”
“Hungary is protecting European values," the foreign minister said. “Because protecting European values means respecting the European treaties, such as the Schengen Agreement and the Dublin Regulation, and this is what we are facilitating by protecting our borders and denying entry to illegal immigrants," he added
The prime minister said that what is at stake at the general election in April is whether Hungary will have an independent government or one that can be blackmailed. The latter would give up national independence and let Hungary be transformed into a migrant country
Bence Tuzson said that the government would like members of the public in the largest possible numbers to state their views because this would help improve the final version of the Stop Soros legislative package
“Several national consultation surveys and a referendum have demonstrated beyond doubt that Hungarians don’t even want to hear about this. And the government must heed the will of the Hungarian people,” Csaba Dömötör said
Bence Tuzson, minister of state for Government Communication, said the draft bill will be put before parliament in late February and the goal of the legislative package is to “enact and enforce the overwhelming opinion of the people, and to take further steps to stop migration”
During an interview on Kossuth Radio’s “180 Minutes” program, the prime minister said that the government has never accepted the European Union’s quota regulations, and accordingly no one can demand any rights in Hungary based on those regulations
This three-step legislative package creates a new situation,” Prime Minister Orbán said in his radio interview this morning. “Everybody, including George Soros, can decide what to do. Stop supporting or continue to organize and support illegal migration.”
János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said the government believes it is important that organizations involved in organizing and facilitating illegal immigration with funding from abroad should operate in a more transparent manner