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Justice minister: Decisions on matters affecting citizens should remain national competency

Justice minister: Decisions on matters affecting citizens should remain national competency

Budapest, September 4 (MTI) – Decisions on matters affecting citizens should be kept as a national competency in the European Union, Hungary’s justice minister said on Sunday.

It is not right that a member state’s rights can be rendered symbolic on national issues, Lászlo Trócsányi told public Kossuth radio’s morning programme.

He said the EU migrant quota referendum scheduled for Oct. 2 could strengthen Hungary’s mandate as a state. Trócsányi said “Hungary could initiate a political – or even a legal – debate within the bloc which would make Hungary’s position clear on the matter.”

He said the EU’s “deficit” stemmed from its decision-making process in which, the minister said, citizens are not consulted about the important decisions affecting them. But the EU’s migrant quota scheme, for instance, is one that could only be implemented if a broad consensus is reached on the matter, he said.

Source: MTI

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