The left wing is not up to the task of blocking European Union pro-migration policies, a government official said in an interview to public radio on Sunday.
The main opposition Budapest mayoral candidate, Gergely Karácsony, recently met Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s first vice-president, who has advocated spending EU funds on migrants as well as implementing a mandatory quota for relocating migrants, Csaba Dömötör, a Prime Minister’s Office parliamentary state secretary, told Kossuth Radio.
He accused Timmermans and his associates of teaming up with left-wing mayors to promote pro-migration plans.
He said there was “movement” in Brussels in connection with the dispute over migrant quotas, partly due to the change of government in Italy and its opposition to the policies of former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
“The same old game is being played,” he said. “First the talk is about a voluntary quota scheme and then a mandatory quota together with sanctions is put on the table. Anyone refusing to take part would then have to pay a heavy fine.”
Dömötör said Hungarian policymaking was based on public consultations and elections. Accordingly, Hungarians clearly rejected immigration and they would again have a chance to confirm this position by voting in the Oct. 13 local elections, he added.
He said the government had nominated an expert to the European Commission opposed to immigration.
“This is our guiding principle, and the government won’t change it one iota.”