The foreign minister said Poland’s government, like Hungary’s, is being “attacked” on the international stage because its successful patriotic policies go against the liberal mainstream.
Asked about the recent decision by Poland’s constitutional court against the primacy of EU law, Péter Szijjártó said Poland was being attacked for its successful patriotic policies. The EU treaties are clear on the powers of the EU and member states, and if a given area falls under national competence, it is an area in which national law has primacy, he said.
Minister Szijjártó said in Vienna that the central European countries had been among the first to relaunch their economies following the coronavirus crisis. The minister said security would be crucial for preserving growth in the region. As long as mandatory migrant settlement quotas are on the European Union’s agenda, “even covertly”, and as long as border protection is treated as a humanitarian and human rights issue rather than a matter of security, and certain politicians continue to make “irresponsible remarks”, the migration pressure on Europe will not ease, Minister Szijjártó said. Central European countries will continue to protect Europe, themselves and their borders and will help each other in this regard, he said, adding that some 100,000 illegal migrants have made their way to Europe from the south so far this year. Minister Szijjártó said Hungary was grateful to the other three Visegrad Group countries for aiding its border protection efforts, as well as to Austria for their continuous consultations.
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