Budapest, December 15 (MTI) – Hungary continues to reject all proposals for EU mandatory migrant quotas, and also considers voluntary quotas a bad idea, the government spokesman said ahead of a Brussels summit meeting of EU heads of state and government on Thursday.
Voluntary quotas would also encourage migrants heading for Europe, Zoltán Kovács said.
Hungary’s government objects any attempt to soften the rules, he said.
“Instead if introducing a new concept and speaking of a new unity of solidarity, the effective rules should be observed,” he added.
Europe has a vested interest in restoring order in the Mediterranean region and the Balkans, Kovács said.
“For Europe to get out of the migrant crisis, it has to observe the existing rules and defend its external borders. Any other option including the protection of internal borders is but a substitute,” he said.