Orban talks with the Bavarian minister-president about migrants crisis
Kloster Banz, Germany, September 23 (MTI) – Prime Minister Viktor Orban is planning to submit six proposals on handling the migrant crisis at the European Council extraordinary meeting in Brussels on Wednesday evening.
Orban presented his proposals at Kloster Banz in Bavaria after attending a meeting of the legislative committee of the conservative CSU. He said the aim of his proposals was to “bring reality into European policies”.
He will propose that Greece should hand over the duties of protecting its borders to European countries willing to participate in such a scheme. Orban will also propose separating refugees and economic migrants before they enter the Schengen area and for the EU to draw up a list of countries considered safe to live in. He suggested that EU member states and candidate countries should be automatically considered safe.
Under the fourth proposal, every member state should increase contribution to the EU by 1 percent and cut spending by 1 percent, resulting in 3 billion euros to be spent on refugees. This could be repeated as many times as necessary to fund efforts, he said.
He will also propose developing a partnership with states whose involvement in handling the migrant crisis is unavoidable, such as Turkey and “we must rethink our relationship with Russia as well”.
Orban said global quotas should be introduced and all countries in the world should be involved in managing the migrant crisis.
Hungary is protecting the borders of Bavaria today, Orban said, adding that due to the European Union and the Schengen Agreement, this can be done at the external Schengen borders, and these borders coincide with Hungary’s borders. Orban said the solution was not to suspend Schengen rules, but to bring the situation back within “legal bounds”, which he said was possible.
Hungary will build a “proper barrier” on its border with Croatia, too, he said. “If we receive a report which says we are capable of enforcing Hungarian laws by placing a physical border barrier … while channelling entrants to designated points, then we will order the establishment of a real barrier,” he said in response to a journalist’s question. He added that once the barrier is built it will be impossible to enter through non-designated points between Hungary and Croatia without legal consequences. “This could be any day, any hour, regardless of the threats and blackmail coming from Croatia,” he said.
In response to another question, Orban said Hungary is ready to accept Germany’s decisions but it asks that they should not be obligatory. “We don’t want moral imperialism,” he said. While Hungary accepts that Germany has a right to decide whether to allow everyone in or to keep everyone out, it would not like to change as a result of mass migration.
Orban said that in the current situation a Christian person must help those in need, but a Christian politician must help them continue their lives in the place where the hardships began. “Let’s create the conditions there, … so that they can go back as soon as possible,” he said.