On Tuesday, in response to a statement by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister told public television channel M1 that it is not solidarity but security that is of utmost importance.

In an interview with a German newspaper Mr. Juncker said that the “quota regulation” is based on the principle of solidarity and its aim is to prevent that Member States in the Mediterranean are left alone with the “migration drama”; as “guardian of the Treaties”, it is the Commission’s duty to ensure that EU legislations in force are being enforced.

Mr. Bakondi also said that the referendum on quotas conveys an important message to Europe. Voting is a democratic decision-making platform, it bears a political message, and it is Hungary’s duty to incorporate the position accepted based on the results in its legal system and to represent it at European negotiations.

In an interview with public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió, Mr. Bakondi said that Hungary is applying new approaches to halt illegal migration; these include the technical border barrier, without which “the influx of people could not be stopped”, but also various legal amendments and the presence of police and military officers along the borders.

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The Chief Security Advisor pointed out that one of the big questions for autumn is whether there will be a shift in the EU’s position. He was of the opinion that there is a chance of seeing changes, as more and more Member States are introduction border control activities.

Photo: MTI/AP/Santi Palacios

Source: Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI

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