Judit Varga – Photo: BZT / Nóra Halász

Hungary shows effective solution to migration crisis, Varga says

Justice minister: Tech giants should be transparent, respect rule of law

Big technological companies should be transparent and respect the rule of law, Justice Minister Judit Varga told an online discussion hosted by the 21st Century Institute. "If we are unable to control the activities of the tech giants that are building a pseudo legal system, they will rule our life and force us into a bubble", she said.

Varga said the tech giants are quoting community guidelines adopted arbitrarily and enforced onto their users. “It is also a question whether these guidelines are in tune with the principles of the rule of law,” she said.

The minister said that as someone with conservative views she had reservations about the community sites but felt obliged to use them as a platform for expressing her opinion seeing how active her liberal and left-wing opponents are.

The tech giants get everybody to be addicted to “this drug” so that they can then influence the public, she said.

Varga expressed concern over “Facebook’s move to reduce political content”, adding she was curious to see how the community site would simultaneously ensure equal treatment and the exclusion of double standards.

Varga said Hungary would wait for the forthcoming EU regulations and then draft its relevant set of regulations.

Hungary shows effective solution to migration crisis

Hungary is showing an effective solution to the migration crisis for the whole of Europe, Justice Minister Judit Varga said in a post on Tuesday, in reaction to a recent proposal by the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee.

The minister said on Facebook that the EP’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has put forward a proposal which she said “would not only legalise migration but would respond to Europe’s shortage of labour with a massive influx of immigrants”.

“When we had hoped that the left would finally hear the voice of the people, the latest LIBE report called for a single EU immigration code, which would give a green light to migration flows towards Europe, thus deluging the European labour market with an unskilled, cheap workforce,” Varga said.

She said it is “completely contrary to the interests of the people of Europe”.

The minister said that Hungary has shown to Europe an effective programme dubbed Hungary Helps as a solution to the migration crisis, noting that just recently it had helped 200 Syrian refugee families return to their homes.

“As long as bureaucrats in Brussels write reports, initiate proceedings and speak harshly to other countries through the global liberal media, however, the Hungary Helps Program is setting an example and getting real help where it is really needed,” said Varga.

“While the ‘Brussels bureaucracy’ and their friends in the Hungarian left-wing opposition parties are puffing up loud slogans and organising pseudo-solidarity actions in the media, the Hungarian government is acting and offers a humane solution to the migration crisis,” she said.

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