“After two years of stalling, the commission has responded to the Hungarian government’s request and has only promised to reimburse 6.6 billion forints (EUR 20.0m),” Hollik said, noting that in 2017, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had turned to then-EC President Jean-Claude Juncker asking his commission to cover half of the costs of Hungary’s border fence and border protection measures “in the spirit of solidarity”.
The government has spent a total of 504 billion forints on border protection since the erection of the fence on the southern border in 2015, Hollik said. He accused the “pro-migration Brussels leadership” of having done “everything it could to stall for time” so that it could avoid having to contribute to financing the costs of Hungary’s border control measures. “Their aim was to legalise migration and bring more and more migrants to Europe,” he insisted. The outgoing commission has now decided to reimburse 20 million euros to Hungary, Hollik said, adding, however, that this would only cover this year’s pay for the officers patrolling the Hungarian-Serbian border section.