Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Thursday attended a working lunch with his counterparts from the Visegrad Group and France, where he said the three main risks regarding migration in Europe “are all due to the European Union’s approach”.
At the lunch attended by Foreign Ministers Tomas Petricek of the Czech Republic, Jean-Yves Le Drian of France and Ivan Korcok of Slovakia, and by Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski, Szijjártó said
a migration wave would be a “much greater danger for Europe now than it was in 2015,
as it would also constitute a serious public health risk besides risks to security and culture”. “Uncontrolled crowds would spread the novel coronavirus extremely quickly,” he added.
Regarding the migration route across the Western Balkan countries, Szijjártó noted that the EU had agreed to pay Turkey six billion euros in support, to be paid until 2018. So far, it has only paid 4 billion, Szijjártó said.
This may prompt Turkey to open its borders with Europe for the four million refugees
it is currently housing, flooding the Western Balkans with hundreds of thousands of migrants, Szijjártó said.
Another source of danger is the EU’s tardiness in boosting border protection near the coasts of Libya to thwart illegal entry attempts accross the Mediterranean, Szijjártó said. The Visegrád Group paid 35 million euros to the European Commission to that end, but the EC has since failed to buy even a single ship, he said.
“The third risk factor is the new migration pact of the European Commission … basically a renewed encouragement for those about to break out for Europe,” Szijjártó said. The pact “clearly aims to push through mandatory quotas and settlement,” he added.
The Visegrad Group is in agreement regarding migration, Szijjártó said.
Ahead of the lunch, Szijjártó met Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, to discuss issues around migration.
On one hand the EU is paying Turkey to keep the migrants there-even tho Turkey doesn’t want to keep them either, while the other hand says Hungary is being so heartless. Why is the EU “commission “ so Insistent that Hungary allows passage? Passage to where? No EU government seems to thrilled to be overwhelmed by immigrants as their own immigration plans change, as do the guarding of their own borders.. People love to wave the flag “Bu Bu Bu” but we have laws. Maybe it is time to change laws that fewer and fewer nations welcome.