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The EU's strategic agenda for the next five years should address national competencies concerning the issues of migration, respect for sovereignty and the protection of Christian culture, a government official has said.

In last month’s European Parliament election, Hungarians entrusted the ruling alliance with three objectives: to stop illegal immigration, to protect national sovereignty and to protect Christian culture in Europe, Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications and relations, told a press conference. In line with this mandate, the text of the bloc’s next strategic agenda must include a clause declaring that the EU should ensure the preservation of national competencies when it comes to managing migration, Kovács said. Hungary’s proposal aims to stop illegal migration, he said, adding that to do so, the EU would have to work together with its neighbouring countries.
Concerning the next strategic objective, Kovács said the EU’s institutional system should respect the sovereignty of the bloc’s member states, arguing that the EU could only be strong if its member states are. He also said: “Christianity is the foundation of European culture, and the EU’s strategic document [should] include the fundamental value of European culture and the protection of Christianity.”