Brussels, August 25 (MTI) – The European Commission will decide on extraordinary aid for Hungary for handling the influx of migrants in an expedited procedure, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Hungary will be allocated 85 million euros for this purpose in the 2014-2020 financial framework, Natasha Bertaud said, adding that any fast aid above that would have to be requested separately.
“Hungary could easily become a frontline country,” Bertaud said, noting that the EU would not set up so-called hot spots in Hungary for the time being and the country would only receive financial aid as the government had not requested any other form of help.
She said Brussels is prepared to help Hungary adding that hot spots could be set up in a relatively short amount of time as seen in the case of Italy, where a hot spot is already functioning, and Greece, where one is due to open shortly.
The spokesperson noted that EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn would all attend the upcoming Western Balkans Summit in Vienna to discuss the migrant crisis.