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FIDESZ TO CALL FOR SCRAPPING 'MIGRANT CARDS'

 

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz will initiate scrapping the scheme of anonymous debit cards issued to migrants, in the new European Parliament, the party’s communications chief said.

In the May EP elections Hungarians voted “to stop migration, protect Europe’s Christian culture and stand up for a Europe of nations,” Balázs Hidvéghi told a press conference in Balatonfüred, adding that Fidesz will represent “the will of Hungarians in Brussels”. The distribution of such cards is still ongoing, he said, adding that Brussels has issued over 70,000 of them this year alone. Over the past years, 500 billion forints (EUR 1.55m) have been deposited with about 2 million such prepaid bank cards without any security checks, Hidvéghi said.

“It is unacceptable that Brussels is spending European taxpayers’ money on these anonymous cards that may allow even dangerous individuals to get access to support,” he added. Citing the case of Hassan F, a Syrian terrorist suspect arrested in Budapest last year who had been given a prepaid bank card after arriving in the European Union, Hidvéghi said that by distributing the cards, Brussels was “not just financing migration, but potentially also terrorism or human smuggling”.