Budapest, July 7 (MTI) – Hungary’s forthcoming national referendum on the EU’s mandatory migrant quota scheme will be “the first time European people get a chance to express their opinion” about how the EU’s migration policy threatens the unity of the bloc, Hungary’s foreign minister said on Thursday.
Péter Szijjártó told public news channel M1 that Brussels’ migration policy “clearly threatens” Hungary’s order, the security of its people and foreign investments. This is why the referendum is so important, the minister insisted.
Regarding Hungary’s EU membership, Szijjártó said remaining in the bloc served both the country’s political and economic interests. He added, however, that the EU was in need of reform.
Szijjártó told public Kossuth Radio that last year Hungary attracted 67 foreign investments – more than ever – worth a total of over 1.3 billion euros. The investment projects concerned created 13,000 new jobs, he added.
The 38 investments secured in the first half of 2016 exceed 1.3 billion euros and will create 8,300 jobs, he said.