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Finding the right balance between European Union and national competencies will be the number one goal for conservative opposition Jobbik after next May’s European parliamentary elections, according to the party’s election manifesto published on Tuesday. Jobbik wants its election platform to ensure that both EU and national competencies serve Hungarian interests, Márton Gyöngyösi , the party’s deputy and group leader, said.

The basis of Jobbik’s approach to the EU is that the bloc cannot be organised into a federal entity without the existence of a shared European identity, Gyöngyösi said. However, “we can hardly talk about stable nation-statehood in the midst of vulnerability to globalisation,” he added. Therefore the EU and its member states must determine what sort of competencies are best carried out at a national level and what should be regulated at the EU level, he said.

Gyöngyösi named physical security, security of livelihood and security enabling minorities to make a living in their homeland as the manifesto’s three main topics. As regards physical security, he reiterated Jobbik’s opposition to illegal and unchecked immigration as well as the introduction of migrant quotas. On the topic of security of livelihood, Gyöngyösi said his party has still not given up its goals of equalising wages throughout the EU, curbing emigration, improving living standards and creating a knowledge-based society. Concerning the third topic, he said national minorities should be granted autonomy.