The Hungarian government is urging greater contribution by the European Union to financial burdens linked to migration, the finance minister said on Wednesday.
Mihály Varga said on Facebook that Hungary had spent 600 billion forints (EUR 1.6bn) on protecting the southern border and 40 billion forints on managing the Ukrainian refugee situation. The EU contribution covers only 2 percent of the costs, he added.
Balázs Hidvéghi, an MEP of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz, will be in charge of a set of recommendations in the European Parliament which aim to enhance law enforcement cooperation across EU member states.
The recommendations will help member states coordinate their efforts towards eliminating cross-border crime by detecting and preventing illegal immigration and people smuggling, Hidveghi said in a statement on Wednesday. They will aim to enhance cooperation between the police forces of member states for example in capturing suspected criminals or in instances when a joint operation is required, he said.
“The recommendations will be a step towards a safer Europe,” the MEP said.