Daily News | Apr 18, 2019 | 0
Orbán’s cabinet sees witch hunt against Hungary in Brussels
The upcoming hearing of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on Hungary will be the combination of “a ruthless witch hunt” and “a Communist-style show trial”, government spokesman Zoltán Kovács said on Monday.
It’s hard to tell what the final outcome will be, but it will reveal that the majority of accusations are based on double standards and are politically motivated attacks, he told a press conference in Brussels concerning Thursday’s scheduled LIBE hearing.
Hungary has nothing to be ashamed of in connection with EU procedures and cooperation, he said. It has been established many times over that Hungary meets all the conditions set by the EU, and any criticism was political rather than legally founded, he added.
It is dangerous when official EU procedures or measures are enacted against certain member states because of differences in political opinion, he said.
The outcomes of past legal procedures favourable to Hungary show that it’s worth going the wire, Kovács said. In final court cases it became clear that Hungary had been the victim of double standards and politically motivated procedures. It is important that justice is served in the interest of the Hungarian people, he added.
Commenting on migration, he said Hungary would continue to fight against the goals included in the “plan” named after billionaire George Soros. Hungary’s view is that migration must be stopped rather than handled, he said.
Hungary will not accept European institutions dictating a mandatory quota for migrant resettlement.
Immigration policy is a sovereign issue, the spokesman added.
Commenting on a proposal submitted by Estonia last week on reforming migration regulations which insists that the Dublin system must not involve permanent, mandatory resettlement quotas in the future, Kovács said this showed that common sense prevailed in countries other than Hungary and the Visegrad Group. Hungary and the V4 are not alone in Europe concerning views on migration and the related solutions, he added.