Hungary's border fence – Photo: wikipedia

Bakondi: EU could amend migration pact

Because member states did not adopt the European Union's migration and asylum pact in a unanimous vote, with some voting against it or abstaining, it is possible that the new European Parliament may make certain corrections to the agreement, the prime minister's chief domestic security advisor said on Saturday.

Gyorgy Bakondi told current affairs channel M1 that under a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Hungary would have to pay a daily fine of 6 million forints (EUR 15,500) until it allowed migrants to submit their asylum applications on its territory.

Bakondi said the court wanted to wait until after the European parliamentary elections to announce the ruling.

He noted that the candidates for European Commission president had stressed the importance of protecting the bloc’s external borders.

“They too can sense that the European people really don’t want to see a continuation of this mass inflow of illegal immigrants,” Bakondi added.

He said that if the court ruling were to be made public before the elections, it would turn out “that they falsely asserted the importance of the external borders, because they would fine Hungary a daily 6 million forints while saying in the campaign that the new migration pact serves the security of the European people”.

He noted that Hungary’s border fence and asylum laws prevented “masses of violent young men from flooding through the border with the help of organised crime”.


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