Lendava, Slovenia (MTI) – Hungary wants a constructive discussion on the long-term management of migration, Justice Minister László Trócsányi said after talks with his Slovenian counterpart Goran Klemencic on Friday.
Both Hungary and Slovenia must observe the Schengen rules in their management of the migrant crisis, Trócsányi said in Lendava (Lendva).
“We are looking for solutions [to the crisis], but in order to find them, we need time, trust and we need to know more about each other’s experiences,” he said.
Trócsányi insisted that Hungary’s referendum on the European Union’s migrant quota scheme would not be a vote on the country’s EU membership, but strictly about questions concerning migration.
He said talks with his Slovenian colleague were productive, adding that regional cooperation and good relations with neighbouring countries are very important for Hungary.
Regarding Hungary’s EU membership, Trócsányi said it was natural that there are at times disputes with the EU, noting the management of the migrant crisis as an example. In their talks, Trócsányi briefed Klemencic on Hungary’s lawsuit challenging the EU’s quota plan.
The talks also covered the question of national minorities. Trócsányi applauded Slovenia’s laws on minority rights and said Hungary is also doing everything it can to make ethnic Slovenians feel at home there.
Klemencic said that although Slovenia and Hungary do not see eye-to-eye on every political or legal issue, the two countries try to settle their disputes in a friendly manner. He said Slovenia is committed to protecting the rights of its ethnic Hungarians.