Budapest (MTI) – The plan to set up border police units shows that Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his government have admitted the ineffectiveness of Hungary’s border fence being built at a cost of 22 billion forints (EUR 70m), the opposition Socialists said on Tuesday.
Deputy group leader Bertalan Toth said in a statement that the “illegal border fence” is part of a “very expensive political circus” that only serves to conceal the government’s incapacity. Yet, the Hungarian people will have to pay the bill, he added.
The Socialists submitted a proposal months ago to strengthen border control and introduce stricter regulations to fight human smugglers, Toth said.
Government office chief Janos Lazar said earlier on Tuesday that several thousand police would be used to set up units to control Hungary’s southern borders.