Chief Security Advisor György Bakondi told public television late on Saturday that with its recent decision on migration policy, the European Union “is again forcing through a solution which has already failed in Western Europe and would seriously compromise security”.
Bakondi called it “strange” that a qualified majority had passed the decision rather than a unanimous vote and that “all the arguments that we presented went unheard”. “They would introduce a distribution by quota … Brussels would determine how many migrants Hungary should accommodate; failing this, the country would be required to pay [a fee in compensation] per capita in line with the quotas,” Bakondi said. Also, in an emergency, refusal to accommodate migrants and paying compensation instead would not be an option, he said. He said that given the link between organised crime, terrorism and illegal migration, “the Hungarian government cannot accept” the associated security risk.