Flooding Of Europe By Migrants Cannot Be Repeated

  • 1 Jun 2016 9:00 AM
Flooding Of Europe By Migrants Cannot Be Repeated
A situation where hundreds of thousands of people flood the continent without any control, as happened in 2015, cannot be repeated, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after holding talks in Copenhagen. The minister said in an MTI phone interview that a joint European solution was needed to settle the migration crisis.

Szijjártó said he agreed with Kristian Jensen, the Danish deputy prime minister and foreign minister, that European border protection is a vital part of the battle against illegal migration. He said he had told Jensen that under the document dubbed Schengen 2.0 Hungary sees external border protection as the top priority in terms of handling the migrant crisis.

Hungary cannot accept the mandatory quota system, since this would serve as an invitation to migrants and would only increase pressure on Europe, Szijjártó said at the talks. Hungary sees the European Commission’s plan to levy a fine for non-compliance as blackmail.

He said talks touched on the economic sanctions against Russia. Hungary does not support extending these automatically.

An open political debate must be held at the highest level on the future of the sanctions, considering their impact so far, he added. Denmark is not against engaging in such talks, Szijjártó said. Denmark and Hungary regard each other as reliable partners, based on Danish companies employing 15,000 people in Hungary and further investments planned in the near future.

Lego, for example, has announced it will double capacity in Hungary, while medical equipment maker Coloplast will open a new logistics centre in Tatabánya. Grundfos, a pump and water technology company, will move its global production centre to Hungary.

During his visit a new agreement was signed with European pharma group member Xellia, which will set up a test lab in Budapest for antibiotics. The entire range of the group’s antibiotic ingredients will be tested in Budapest before being put on the market. The 3 billion forint (EUR 9.5m) investment will create 80 jobs, he added.

Republished with permission of Hungary Matters, MTI’s daily newsletter.

MTI photo: KKM/Burger Zsolt

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