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The European Union must create peace in its neighbourhood and protect its external borders against illegal migration, János Bóka, the minister for European Union affairs, said in a statement on Tuesday. Further, the EU should cease applying double standards to Poland and Hungary, he said ahead of a meeting of EU affairs ministers. At an informal working breakfast, Bóka outlined Hungary’s position on the rights of the Transcarpathian Hungarian minority and their current situation. He said the government demanded solutions related to the education of the Hungarian minority as well as under headings connected with the language and minority law, in line with the recommendations of the Venice Commission. The situation should be restored to the state of affairs in 2015, he added. President Katalin Novák’s recent visit to Ukraine reanimated discussions about the situation of the Transcarpathian Hungarian minority, he said, adding that it was important that momentum should be combined with sincere political intentions, leading to palpable results. Meanwhile, Bóka said he had talked to senior European Commission officials regarding preparations for Hungary’s EU presidency.