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FIDESZ: MIGRATION QUOTA 'THREAT TO EU MEMBER STATES AND CITIES'

 

The European Union’s migration quota system is a threat to EU member states and cities, the ruling Fidesz party’s spokesman said. János Halász accused the outgoing European Commission of using its last few weeks to force the hand of member states and the new commission to be established in November. Dimitris Avramopulos, the commissioner for migration, at the time of the signing of the quota agreement, urged all member states to take part in the distribution of migrants, and the head of the EC’s migration directorate demanded the same in a meeting of the European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE) committee on Thursday, Halász said. The outgoing commission is providing the relevant financial and political support, he added. The Malta quota agreement is to be presented to EU interior ministers next Tuesday, he noted, adding that member states had been urged to participate. The migrant quota “is on the table again and presents a real threat,” the Fidesz politician said. “We’ll do all we can to protect Hungary and Hungarian cities from the migrant quota,” he said. The pro-migration opposition, he added, was eager to take the orders of the European left. “They would dismantle the fence, endorse the quota system and transfer migrants to Hungarian cities,” he said.

Meanwhile, Csaba Dömötör, a Prime Minister’s Office parliamentary state secretary, told Kossuth Rádió that the left wing was not up to the task of blocking European Union pro-migration policies. The main opposition Budapest mayoral candidate, Gergely Karácsony, recently met Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s first vice-president, who has advocated spending EU funds on migrants as well as implementing a mandatory quota for relocating migrants, Dömötör said, accusing Timmermans and his associates of teaming up with left-wing mayors to promote pro-migration plans. He said there was “movement” in Brussels in connection with the dispute over migrant quotas, partly due to the change of government in Italy and its opposition to the policies of former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. “The same old game is being played,” he said. “First the talk is about a voluntary quota scheme and then a mandatory quota together with sanctions is put on the table. Anyone refusing to take part would then have to pay a heavy fine.” Dömötör said Hungarian policymaking was based on public consultations and elections. Accordingly, Hungarians clearly rejected immigration and they would again have a chance to confirm this position by voting in the Oct. 13 local elections, he added.

MEP of ruling Fidesz Tamás Deutsch said the Timmermans-Karácsony meeting served to prepare a pro-migration deal that would give way to hundreds or thousands of migrants to be moved to Budapest. Timmermans wants pro-migration mayors to move migrants into Europe and plans the same for Hungary, he said. Timmermans, he added, was an openly pro-migration politician who represented “hair raising” ideas about migration while being “the number-one ally” of US financier George Soros in Brussels. Rather than a European Union commissioner for the Netherlands, he is Soros’s commissioner in the European Commission, he said adding that Timmermans holds regular meetings with Soros, such as the one during the recent United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

Timmermans is a supporter of the “Soros plan” and especially of settling migrants in Europe in line with a mandatory quota, which is “partly why we prevented him from becoming the new European Commission president”, Deutsch said. Timmermans would punish countries that refuse to take in migrants by withdrawing EU funds from them and would award member states, cities and local councils that are willing to take in illegal migrants by granting funds to them, he added.