Budapest, September 28 (MTI) – It would cost the Hungarian economy billions of euros if border controls were reinstalled along many more border sections within the EU Schengen zone in response to the migration crisis, the foreign minister told business daily Vilaggazdasag in an interview published on Monday.
Multinational companies are major contributors to Hungary’s economic output with their large share in the country’s exports, Peter Szijjarto said. These companies operate according to tight schedules in the delivery of both basic materials and the end products, therefore delays possibly caused by further border controls would seriously affect them, he told the paper.
“This could have inconceivable effects on the production of big companies in Hungary,” he said.
Szijjarto said he did not expect that as a result of its migration policy Hungary would “drift away” from western European countries, but saw a “risk” that cooperation with the Arab region might be negatively influenced by reports that there is an anti-Islam sentiment in the country.
He said Hungary will therefore make increased efforts to make clear to the Arab region that the country continues to be as open and tolerant as it has been in the past.
Szijjarto said greater attention should be paid to the fight against Islamic State.
“I think if the western-transatlantic world gave even greater consideration to the importance of fighting against Islamic State, then much greater success could be achieved through employing an increased military force,” the foreign minister told the paper.