A government official has responded to Sweden’s concerns over the Hungarian law on civil organizations.
Pál Völner, parliamentary state secretary of the justice ministry, said that it was “well known” that the Swedish political leadership was “on the side of migrants”.
According to MTI, the European Commission has taken Hungary to the European court over its law on civil society organizations financed from abroad and Sweden has spoken up for the commission in the case.
Völner said the Hungarian government continued to insist that Hungary would not become a country “flooded” by migrants. He insisted that “the forces of immigration” were determined to intervene in Hungary’s domestic affairs.
He added that It was well known that “foreign-funded migration organizations” had lobbied Sweden’s ambassador to Hungary. Völner said the government always put the Hungarian people and their security first.
Referring to US billionaire George Soros and his “network”, he said the Hungarian law on the transparency of foreign-financed organizations was well-founded and a sweeping majority of Hungarian people agreed, with 99 percent of respondents in a national consultation backing the government’s policy.
According to kormany.hu, Völner noted that all European Union member states are entitled to have their views known at the European court. But when it comes to infringement proceedings initiated by the commission, member states do not generally interfere on the side of the commission.
He added that the Swedish government’s intervention is surprising given its reputation as a “leader in transparency”, and the Hungarian law aims to ensure just that.