15 Dec

The Ministers of Interior met on 9th December 2021 in Brussels during the Justice and Home Affairs Council organized by the Slovenian Presidency, at which Hungary was represented by Deputy Minister of Interior Mr Károly Kontrát. Among others the ministers discussed the issues of countering hybrid threats and migratory challenges, the prevention of the infiltration by organised crime in the EU recovery funds, the cooperation between competent authorities dealing with counter-terrorism, the sustainable solutions in the Pact on Migration and Asylum as well as the conclusions on the fulfilment of the necessary conditions for the full application of the Schengen acquis in Croatia.

In his speech Deputy Minister Mr. Károly Kontrát emphasized that Hungary is fully committed to the fight against hybrid threats affecting our external borders and in this regard the current EU legal framework needs to be adapted to reflect the realities, and Member States cannot be challenged for providing viable, yet proportionate, solutions at the external borders in order react to crises that threaten us all. At the same time Hungary cannot accept solutions that focus on reintroduction of internal border controls instead of maximizing the protection of the external borders, as the proper functioning of the Schengen Area is crucial. Hungary is fully committed to the enlargement of the area without internal border controls.