The European Union launched infringement procedures against Hungary, which is part of a vendetta by the EU for the government challenging the mandatory quotas on refugee resettlement in the European Court; but the country stands by its position and does not give in the pressure said Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations Péter Szijjártó.
At Friday's hearing in the National Assembly the foreign minister emphasized that the mandatory quota system is unacceptable, and unworkable at the same time; it violates European rules as the quotas unilaterally disregard the Dublin rules.
It is a nonsense that currently, a country - Macedonia - which is not even a member of the EU protecting the EU borders and the Schengen zone said Szijjártó.
He also stated that EU policy on immigration was hypocritical, and self-destructive. Immigration increases terror threats across Europe, because a substantial number of illegal immigrants that arrive in Europe are not identified; we don't know who they are and where they have come from and why.
Hungary was attacked by the European Union in the past, and in each case those attacks were averted - we intend to do so in the future as well stressed the foreign minister.
Cooperation among the Visegrad countries has never been as important as it is now, given the fact that the European Union facing the most serious challenges in its recent history due to illegal immigration.
In the past year everything has changed in Europe; nothing remained like it was before and nothing will be the same again. Since World War Two Europe hasn't had so many and so serious challenges ahead of it like now, which calls for a new type of Hungarian foreign policy that effectively represents Hungarian national interests in the emerging new world.
The EU is incapable of giving proper responses to those challenges that threaten the security and future of Europe Szijjártó added.
The foreign minister mentioned as an example, global economic competition where Europe is lagging behind; there is no substantive progress in Europe-US free trade negotiations either.
Szijjártó disagrees with the president of the European Commission who promotes the suspension of the expansion of the European Union. The Hungarian government's opinion is clear, the enlargement must continue because it is a main driving force behind EU's success – especially, the integration of the Western Balkan countries is crucial.
Regarding Ukraine, Péter Szijjártó remarked that although Hungary implemented the EU sanctions against Russia the damages caused by the sanctions to the EU should also be taken into account. Sanctions didn't help the implementation of the Minks agreement either.
(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)