Organisations supported by US financier George Soros have been doubling down on their efforts in Budapest, Brussels and Berlin in the past two years to make Hungary change its position on migration, the government office chief said on Thursday.
The government has been resisting, János Lázár told his weekly press briefing, adding that Hungary would not be made into a pro-migration country.
The government has discussed a report by the domestic intelligence services concerning the “Soros files” reported in the western European media.
Most sections of the report are confidential, he said, adding that the report was necessary since protecting the Hungarian border and guaranteeing sovereignty were matters of national security.
It is not the Hungarian government that has attacked Soros organisations, he said, insisting that organisations that want to make Hungarian decision-makers change their position were at fault. The government was not concerned with Soros’s activities until he presented his views on migration and started to exert influence and take action against Hungary, Lázár said.
Every day there are new EU initiatives on migration and positions “are not drawing closer, even by a centimetre.”
It is important that the Hungarian government should participate in debates and express its opinion, and this should be based on citizens expressing their wishes, Lázár said. Some 3 million people expressed their view at a referendum and some 2.2 million have responded so far to the “National Consultation” survey concerning the “Soros plan”, he said. Surveys carried out in central and eastern Europe show that 75-85 percent of the people reject the mandatory settlement of migrants, he added.
The ruling Fidesz party has initiated a Hungarian parliamentary debate on a European Parliament resolution on mandatory quotas in order to reach a national consensus on the issue, he said.
Meanwhile, Lázár announced at the press briefing that the government has decided to buy a new landmark building on the banks of the river Danube dubbed “The Whale” from the local council and make it available to the Hungarian Tourism Agency so that it could serve tourism purposes.
Commenting on the China-CEE summit held in Budapest earlier this week, he said Hungary regards CEE countries applying for European Union membership as great reserves of potential and resources for the EU in the future. Hungary has the aim of becoming a gateway between the Western Balkans and the EU.
In response to a question about the autonomy of Tibet, he said the Budapest summit did not involve political discussions with the Chinese leaders. He added that Hungary refrained from interfering in the affairs of other countries.
Commenting on a recent interview with former Polish President Lech Walesa, which included criticism of Hungary, he said the most important part of the interview concerned the future of the EU. Lázár said it was worth pondering on Walesa’s statement highlighting the sharp differences between the western and eastern parts of the EU.