Daily News | Apr 18, 2019 | 0
Hungary’s foreign minister: latest EC migration proposal on blue card reform “baffling”
Ningbo, June 8 (MTI) – Hungary rejects the European Commission’s latest migration proposal involving reform of the blue card system announced by commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Wednesday.
The blue card system is primarily available to highly qualified workers from outside the EU.
Szijjártó told MTI by phone from Ningbo in China that with proposals like this, the EC “increasingly gives the impression that it wants Europe to fail”.
Proposals like this could result in further waves of migrants flooding the continent because migrants and human smugglers interpreted such measures as invitations, he added.
He commented on Avramopoulos telling a press conference in Strasbourg on Tuesday that reform of the European blue card system and efforts to improve the efficacy of integration would establish the conditions for legal migration to the EU.
Szijjártó said it was high time the EC stopped working on ways to increase the pressure of migration on Europe and instead worked on ways to reduce it.
He called the proposal as not only “baffling” but also “senseless” considering that most EU member states have high unemployment. Despite a continuous drop in unemployment in Hungary since 2010, the government still has it as a priority target to give more work to Hungarians and create new jobs for them. The government will not neglect this aim, he added.