The government spokesman branded EPP politicians critical of Hungary’s media campaign on the EU’s plans to promote migration as “hypocritical”, arguing that the campaign was far more low-key than the criticism the government has received over it.
Asked at a press conference why the government had decided to put European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the centre of the campaign, István Hollik said Juncker was one of the most prominent “pro-migration” politicians in Brussels. Hollik noted Juncker’s past calls for the creation of legal migration routes to the European Union and his comments criticising the concept of national borders. Hollik said certain EPP politicians were applying double standards by calling Hungary out for “criticising the politician whose name is linked to the five most critical years of the European Commission”. Hungary fulfils its Schengen commitments, protecting not only its own, but also the EU’s external borders, he said. Hungary considers dangerous any measure that gives migrants the idea that they can depend on Europe financially, he added. The Hungarian government’s position has remained unchanged for three years: help should be provided at the point where it is needed rather than “bringing trouble over to Europe”, Hollik said.