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Hungary strives to build a Europe which protects its borders rather than a “pro-migration community”, Szabolcs Takács, state secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, said on the sidelines of an informal meeting of European affairs ministers of the European Union, held in Bucharest.

Takács said that the meeting, dedicated to the future of the EU and its next budget, is “proof” that the greatest challenge for the community and “central theme” for the upcoming European elections was migration. “Europe is not divided between East and West but between different approaches to migration,” he insisted.

The Hungarian government’s position is different from that of “Brussels’s mainstream” but “it does not mean being anti-European”, Takács told MTI. “The Hungarian government stands on a basis of European values and is open to any constructive dialogue,” he insisted.