There is agreement that Europe’s security must be enhanced. The only issue on which there was no agreement was the crossing of the green border, Interior Minister Sándor Pintér said after he had talks with Dimitris Avromopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.
The border protection agencies are fully prepared for the entry into force of the reinforced legal border closure on 28 March 2017, and the personal and material conditions necessary for its implementation are available.
The enlargement project which is ongoing also at present at the Vác Maximum Security Prison and Penitentiary Facility with the involvement of the inmates will provide prison accommodation for 120 prisoners.
We are making all the conditions available that are necessary for enabling members of the police and defence forces to protect the borders. We are reinforcing the legal border closure, and the construction of the second fence is under way as well, Károly Kontrát, Minister of State at the Ministry of Interior said in Parliament.
The prolongation of the state of crisis due to mass immigration in the territory of Hungary is justified. The past six months demonstrate that we have succeeded in protecting the Hungarian people’s security with the legal rules applied on the basis of the state of crisis, Károly Kontrát, Minister of State at the Ministry of Interior stated at the meeting of the Defence and Police Committee of Parliament.
On Wednesday Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér received Swedish Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson, in the Ministry of Interior in Budapest.
“The joint security plan for supervising the Balkan migration route and preventing illegal people smuggling is an important step in the fight against illegal migration”, the Ministry of Interior’s parliamentary State Secretary, Károly Kontrát told Hungarian news agency MTI following a meeting of Interior and Defence Ministers of Southeast and Central European countries in Vienna on Wednesday.
Hungary is sending new contingents of police to Serbia and Macedonia. Speaking before the 15 and 25-person units at the National Standby Police’s facility on Monday, Chief Police Commissioner Zsolt Halmosi said: “We can expect a significant increase in migration as a result of the easing weather”.
Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér led the Hungarian delegation at the “Vienna Future Dialogue” conference on 23 January 2017. The other members of the delegation included the Ministry of Interior’s Deputy State Secretary for EU and International Affairs Mátyás Hegyaljai and National Police Commissioner Lt-Gen Károly Papp. The Interior Minister’s entourage was joined in Vienna by Hungary’s Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Austria János Perényi.
The personal and material conditions for the management of the current migration situation are adequate, the Interior Minister stated on Wednesday in Szeged.