Speaker of Parliament László Kövér presented Austrian National Council President Wolfgang Sobotka with the Order of Merit of Hungary, Medium Cross with Star on behalf of President János Áder in Vienna on Wednesday, public news broadcaster M1 said. Sobotka was presented the award for his efforts to boost relations between Austria and Hungary and for standing up against the “policy of open borders and uncontrolled immigration”, M1 said. In his laudation at the ceremony, Köver praised Sobotka for his contributions to the two countries’ smooth handling of the migration crisis. Speaking to Hungarian public media, Kövér said Sobotka had also contributed to Hungary and Austria’s competent handling of “the problems of the recent period” concerning migration during his tenure as interior minister. Kövér said bilateral relations were the best they had been in a long time.