Zoltán Kovács spoke to Hungarian news agency MTI with relation to the fact that on Monday the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) had discussed Hungary’s migration policy.
The Government Spokesperson said it is absolutely obvious that “left-wing and liberal politicians who call themselves progressive” cannot accept the fact that Hungary is not prepared to allow illegal immigrants to enter the country or the territory of the European Union, and that it is punishing people who break the law by crossing the border illegally.
According to Mr. Kovács, these politicians expressed sharp criticism towards Minister of Justice László Trócsányi, who defended Hungary’s measures and stood up for strict border protection.
In the Spokesperson’s view the EU is applying a double standard. “They want to introduce pointless and bureaucratic border control measures for EU citizens who cross the border and are making their lives difficult”, he explained. This may be regarded as a form of “harassment” he added.
“Meanwhile”, he continued, “EU policy is lenient with relation to allowing illegal immigrants into Europe”.
Mr. Kovács stressed that the Home Affairs Council was expected to decide on plans for the border control measures next week. “The Hungarian Government does not agree with the final version of the proposal”, he stated.
Mr. Kovács told the press that Hungary agrees that the borders must be strictly guarded, but cannot accept double standards.