Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch said on Sunday that the European Union was “threatening and blackmailing” anti-migration countries and wanted to punish EU member states that refused to take in migrants. Speaking at a press conference in Budapest, Deutsch said the EP decision on Thursday to set up a mechanism tying EU funding to observance of the rule of law in member states made clear that “Brussels wants to punish countries that have not accepted migrants”. “This is an outrageous and unacceptable political action disguised as an annual report on EU fundamental rights,” he said.
Deutsch said it was “absurd” that the report focused on the rights of migrants and immigrants while barely addressing the rights of EU citizens. The report, for instance, failed to identify how individual and collective minority rights are handled in the EU, he added.
He said it was clear from the report which direction “pro-migration policymakers in Brussels” sought to take in respect of “the mass influx of illegal migrants and immigration into Europe”. It expects all EU member states to accept immigration as a fundamental human right, he said. Almost a third of EU member states have refused to adopt the United Nations Global Compact for Migration, he said, adding that the EU nevertheless expected its members to aid issuance of migrant visas, to set up legal migration routes and to support organisations that assist migration. He said the latter were backed by billionaire George Soros. The Fidesz MEP said the EP report stated that only countries that host migrants could be considered democratic and abiding by the rule of law, while the opposite was true of countries that did not want to accommodate migrants. “This is simply an absurd claim,” he said, adding that the statement was tantamount to blackmail. He said the Hungarian people had made their view of migration clear on several occasions. “They do not want to live in a country of immigrants.”
Asked whether Prime Minister Viktor Orbán would attend the EP hearing initiated by Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi and Párbeszéd MEP Benedek Jávor, Deutsch said Orbán would decide whether the debate required his personal participation in it. Deutsch added that for his part as an MEP, he would attend and give his opinion.