Justice Minister Judit Varga said that Austria was “a most important ally” for Hungary in promoting its position against mandatory migrant quotas, which she called a “red line” for her government. The minister made the remarks after meeting Karoline Edtstadler, Austria’s minister for EU and constitutional affairs, for talks in Budapest on Friday.
According to MTI, the talks focused on the European Commission’s new proposal on migration and refugees, as well as cooperation between the two countries concerning the coronavirus epidemic. Concerning the draft pact, Minister Varga said that serious reservations had been raised in connection with the proposed institution of sponsoring extradition.
The parties also discussed coronavirus-related cooperation, and concluded that the continuous exchange of information was necessary because of the two countries’ close proximity and people commuting to work across the border. The Austrian minister thanked the Hungarian government for its “flexibility in communication and cooperation,” Minister Varga said.
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