Border protection and security cannot be assigned to those who would be happy to tear down the border fence, the state secretary of the Cabinet Office said on Sunday.
Hungary has not insisted on protecting its borders for centuries to give this right up now at a negotiating table to those who do not consider this very important, Csaba Dömötör told public radio.
The politician said
the Salzburg EU summit had shown that border protection has become the new focus of the debate on migration.
He said a proposal had been presented at the meeting “with the aim that member states should give up their right to border protection” and assign it to Brussels and Frontex, the EU’s border and coast guard agency.
“This is unacceptable to the government for several reasons,” he said. Partly because Hungary is able to protect its borders, and partly because many politicians in Brussels do not actually want to protect the borders but support migration, he insisted.
Dömötör reiterated the government’s position that if a member state believes it cannot protect its borders, that country should be offered assistance. But the right to border protection must not be taken away from member states who are capable of doing this themselves, he said.
The state secretary said there were other Brussels-backed plans as well behind the proposal on border protection that he said would support migration rather than stop it. He said one of these was “taking away our right to decide who is a refugee and who is an economic migrant”.