“Hungary must decide itself who it wishes to live with”, the Ministry of Interior’s Minister of State for Municipal Affairs declared on Wednesday in Békéscsaba, South-East Hungary.
An international conference on migration will be held in Budapest this week. The two-day event is being organised by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Hungarian Society of Policing Studies in cooperation with the Office of Immigration and Nationality.
On Tuesday Parliament adopted the Ministry of Interior’s Counter-terrorism Bill, as a result of which the Counter-terrorism Intelligence and Criminal Analysis Centre (CTICAC) will be established. The legislative amendment also regulates restrictions on encrypted telephone services.
At a press conference on Tuesday, held after the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér said that it is clear that the migration pressure in Europe will not decrease.
“We cannot be the weakest link in anti-terrorism”, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér stressed on Tuesday at his usual annual hearing before Parliament’s National Security Committee.
Status report on the migrant situation.
On Monday, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér received his Austrian counterpart Wolfgang Sobotka in his office.
In Parliament on Tuesday Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of Interior Károly Kontrát stressed that the aim of amending the legislation on entry and residence regulations for third country citizens and on the country’s border regulations is to ensure that no migrant can stay in Hungary illegally.
Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér and Minister of Justice László Trócsányi both gave speeches at the meeting of Interior Ministers of countries with inland Schengen borders in Szeged, which ended with the adoption of a joint statement on 13 May 2016.
The Government will initiate further restrictions to protect the borders. Károly Kontrát said at a press conference held on Friday: the Ministry has submitted a bill to Parliament with a view to reinforcing the legal protection of the state borders.