Bence Rétvári, state secretary at the interior ministry, called for “real and effective” border protection measures to be taken by the European Union, in Brussels on Thursday where he attended a meeting of EU interior ministers. “Hungary protects Europe against a massive pressure posed by illegal migrants thus protecting the EU’s external borders,” he told Hungarian reporters after the meeting, adding that Brussels “should contribute funds to the 1.6 billion euros Hungary has so far spent on providing for the community’s security”.
In connection with the war in Ukraine, he underlined that an immediate ceasefire and brokering peace was of primary importance for Hungary. He noted that the SIS II second generation of the Schengen Information System had been launched two days ago. He called the system an important tool in more effectively combatting cross-border crime.