- 9 Mar 2021 9:04 AM
- Hungary Matters
Speaking to MTI, Péter Szijjártó said that the coronavirus pandemic had created new global security challenges, which, if left untackled, would generate further problems.
He said illegal migration posed a security and cultural threat to Europe and carried a health risk of rapid transmission of Covid-19. Illegal migration is helped by organised crime since migrants “use the services of people smuggling rings often helped by NGOs”, Szijjártó said.
As regards drugs, Szijjártó said that “unfortunately, what we see is that Brussels supports not only illegal migration but an increased use of drugs”, adding that “cannabis has recently been reclassified in the UN as an allegedly non-hazardous substance”.
The Hungarian government opposed that step and the European Commission in response launched an infringement procedure against the country rather than increase its efforts to cut drug abuse.
Photo: Hungarian Foreign Ministry