European border agency Frontex has told MTI that it hopes to soon resume border control operations carried out jointly with the Hungarian authorities along the Hungarian-Serbian border.
The agency’s spokesman Chris Borowski confirmed their decision to suspend joint operations along the border until Hungary fully complies with last month’s ruling of the European Court of Justice in connection with the country’s asylum and immigration law. Joint operations may resume immediately once the Hungarian authorities comply with the ruling, the spokesman said, adding that the agency’s 20-strong team would, for the time being, be assigned duties at the border area of nearby countries.
Referring to EU border support, Zoltán Kovács, State Secretary for International Communications and Relations, said in response: “It seems Brussels wants to take away even the little bit we [Hungary] did get.” “Hungary won’t give in to pressure from pro-migration forces. We’ll continue to defend the Hungarian people and the country and EU’s borders,” Kovács said on Twitter. “We hope this is not a sign that some want to withhold funding from those countries that insist on protecting the borders,” he added.
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