According to Gergely Gulyás, due to the issue of migration there is a campaign against Hungary which has been open to compromise with the European Commission in every previous dispute. Migration is the only issue on which it is not prepared to compromise, and this has led to a “political smear campaign” against the country.
The Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office said this in connection with the Brussels meeting of the General Affairs Council.
The Hungarian position rests on the foundation that only electors and the government have the right to determine whom we wish to live together with and whom not, he said. He also stressed that Hungary has allies in this struggle.
The government takes the view that it is also contrary to the opinion of the EU’s legal service that MEP Judith Sargentini who prepared the report which condemned Hungary met with the members of the General Affairs Council at a separate meeting. The Minister therefore described this as yet another procedural breach.
The politician also said that next year’s EP elections will have a common European campaign topic, and that is none other than migration. Those forces, however, which support migration now see an opportunity to take action against the countries which do everything they can to prevent migration, including Hungary.
As part of the EP election campaign, they will intend to extend the procedure against Hungary as much as they can, he observed.
The head of the Prime Minister’s Office expressed hope that in the May elections a majority rejecting migration may come into being against the EP’s current migrant-friendly majority.
He added at the same time that anybody who appears to see any similarity between the assembly situation in autumn 2006 and the current situation in Hungary is either unintelligent or a liar.
(MTI/Prime Minister's Office, photo: Gergely Botár/kormany.hu)