Orban in Pozsony: Hungary will defend its borders against illegal migrants
Pozsony (Bratislava) (MTI) – Hungary is determined to defend its borders, which are also Europe’s borders, against illegal immigration, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said after a meeting of his Visegrad Four counterparts in Pozsony on Friday.
Illegal migration is a crime and Hungary will not allow criminal activities along its borders, Orban argued.
Orban noted that the pressure of immigration was the heaviest in Hungary, with over 50,000 immigrants in the first five months of 2015 alone.
Answering a question, Orban said that Hungary did not need assistance to protect its borders.
Participants in the meeting rejected the European Union’s proposal to introduce immigration quotas for each member. “We believe that the European Commission’s proposal is in conflict with the principle of voluntarism, as represented by the European Council,” Slovak PM Robert Fico said.
Fico also said that the meeting had paid special focus on Hungary’s immigration problem, and participants agreed that Hungary’s special situation cannot be overlooked.
On the subject of the EU’s planned energy union, Orban said that Hungary supported those plans but insisted that decisions concerning pricing and the structure of energy supplies should continue to be made at national level.
Orban referred to nuclear energy as “the energy for the future” and added that “this idea does not sound strange in this company”.
Orban also highlighted the importance of building “at least one, strategic gas pipeline” supplying central Europe from the south. “We are interested in any construction,” Orban said, and added that Hungary would not “leave behind” the Nabucco project “dropped by Europe’s politicians”.