A fresh broadside against Hungary has been fired as a Swedish member of the European Parliament, Marita Ulvskog, said the country should have never become a member of the EU.
In an interview with the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter Marita Ulvskog, a member of the EU’s parliament (S&D), slammed Hungary for not complying with European rules, refering foremost of the country’s total refusal to accept asylum seekers, a recent topical issue of the EU.
"I don’t think a country like Hungary should have been a member of the European union," the MEP told Dagens Nyheter.
She added that after this week’s meeting on the EU migration crisis in Brussels, more countries have agreed to take refugees, which is good news, according to Marita Ulvskog. A total of 54,760 refugees are to be accepted in the coming months by EU members except Hungary.
Hungary is the sole member of European Union which, until now, has completely refused to take asylum seekers in spite of pressure from Brussels to comply with European common policies on migration.
Meanwhile, Hungary is set to complete construction of a border fence by late summer to stem the unprecedented migration tide, local media reported, citing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as saying Saturday. He argued that Europe's future is at stake if Brussels does not act to stop the influx of undocumented migrants, as cited by the Magyar Nemzet.
Vice-chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian National Assembly Márton Gyöngyösi commented to Sputnik earlier that the absence of any meaningful solutions within the EU in regard to the immigration issue has forced many of its member countries, including Hungary, to deal with the problem on their own.
"We cannot wait for the EU to get its act together and to provide useful help. Thank God, that more and more countries think that safeguarding borders should be in the sphere of national interests and not in the sphere of the business of the EU," Gyöngyösi said.
The European Union, which is struggling to come to to grip with the number of migrants travelling to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa and the Middle East, has criticized the move.
In early July, the United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) condemned Budapest’s choice of border management as a threat to refugee rights, including the right to seek asylum.