Daily News | Nov 4, 2018 | 2
DK: Hungary should adopt EU refugee policy
Röszke, May 5 (MTI) – Hungary should join the European Union’s common refugee policy, MEP Péter Niedermüller, deputy leader of the Democratic Coalition (DK), said after visiting the Röszke transit zone in the company of two Social Democrat European parliamentarians on Friday.
Niedermüller praised the staff of the zone for their tireless efforts to ensure that refugees experiencing one of the toughest periods of their lives can preserve their human dignity.
Hungarian laws, however, are “needless and inhumane” as there is no need to establish “extreme” institutions from taxpayer money, he said.
It is not the construction of new fences and transit zones but all member states’ involvement in the common refugee policy that will enable Europe to meet the challenges of migration, Niedermüller said.
Austrian MEP Josef Weidenholzer said that in spite of all the efforts made by the zone’s staff, it was questionable whether Hungary’s institutions fell in line with the EU’s refugee policy.
Weidenholzer called for more intensive efforts to stabilise the situation in the countries of origin. Further, there is a pressing need to resolve the fate of 80,000-90,000 people stranded along the Balkan migration route, he said.
German MEP Birgit Sippel said that although Hungary’s had repeatedly rejected criticism of conditions in the transit zones, the facility encircled by a high barbed-wire fence exactly looked like how an average European imagines a prison.
Issuing a statement, ruling Fidesz found it shocking that in a period when Europe is hit by mass migration and terrorist attacks, “the allies of (US financier) George Soros in Brussels assisted by the Hungarian left wing” said that the fence, the legal border seal and the transit zones are “needless”. Hungary is fulfilling its EU obligation when it protects the Schengen border and through this the whole of Europe, Fidesz said.
Niedermüller and the left-liberal MEPs who accompanied him are supporters of Brussels’ migration policy, it said.
“The visit by Soros’s allies in Röszke is part of the pressure imposed by Soros and Brussels on Hungary aimed at forcing the country to remove the fence, cancel the legal border seal and accept the migration quota,” it added.