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Next year’s budget will serve Hungarian families and the country’s security, a defence ministry state secretary said. Szilárd Németh said the budget will allocate the Hungarian Armed Forces 616 billion forints (EUR 1.9bn), 103 billion more than last year. Those funds will go toward ensuring the country’s peace and independence and the security of the Hungarian people, and will cover the costs of technological development, recruitment and training, Németh said. The Hungarian army is also contributing to border protection efforts, Németh noted. Although that also means protecting the Schengen borders, the “pro-migrant” EU has not contributed “a cent” to the costs now exceeding one billion euros, he said.

Lawmakers are expected to take the final vote on the 2020 budget on Friday.

Among the challenges facing Europe, illegal migration is the most severe, and on the rise, Németh said. The outgoing leadership of the European Union is bent on pushing through all “migrant-loving” measures, he added. Recently, the UN’s high representative for refugees also promoted an approach accepting all migrants and distributing them among the member states, instead of stopping migration and protecting the Schengen borders, Németh said.