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DEUTSCH CALLS ON EC TO WITHDRAW PREPAID BANK CARDS TO MIGRANTS SCHEME

 

The European Commission “should stop without delay the scheme under which prepaid bank cards are granted to illegal migrants” arriving in Europe, MEP of ruling Fidesz Tamás Deutsch said.

Despite repeated calls for information, EC leaders still refuse to give sincere answers about the scheme involving prepaid bank cards, Deutsch said. A Syrian man suspected of being a terrorist leader and recently placed in pre-trial detention in Hungary had also received such a card from the EC, he said. The right to manage migration must be taken away from “pro-migration Brussels bureaucrats” and returned to national governments, he said.

After prolonged secrecy surrounding the scheme, Brussels admitted that the EC supported it with the equivalent of at least 50 billion forints (EUR 160m), Deutsch said. The anonymous bank cards charged with monthly 50-1,500 euros are issued to persons who apply for asylum status in the EU despite the fact that it is not at all certain they indeed get asylum, he added. The Brussels bureaucrats lied when they said the bank cards could only be used in Greece, he said. The cards are now “everywhere in Europe” and last month, a record many 69,000 such cards were granted to “mostly military-age” migrants, he said.