Crossing the border in an illicit manner will be a crime from the middle of September and will be sanctioned, the Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Friday in Kiszombor, near the Romanian border.
Hungary has no choice but to restore order along its border and that of the European Union, because otherwise it will be unable to successfully stem the flow of illegal immigrants, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács said on Hungarian M1 television’s “Actual Channel” programme on Thursday evening.
It is absolutely unacceptable that the authorities of countries along the so-called Western Balkan route are facilitating a mass influx of people towards the Schengen borders about whom they know absolutely nothing, the Government Spokesperson said on Hungarian M1 Television’s “Actual Channel” programme.
Every sovereign state has the right and responsibility to protect its own borders and accordingly we must take all permissible action against those who contravene European norms in the interests of protecting the citizens of Hungary and the European Union, the Minister of Justice declared.
As the latest report of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows, the number of people in employment has been above the 4 million mark for one-and-a-half years in Hungary. In May-July 2015, the number of those aged 15-74 years in employment grew by 139 thousand, to 4 million 224 thousand year-on-year. Thus, this indicator has reached a 23-year peak and the number of people in employment is more than 500 thousand higher than in 2010, at the change of Government. The unemployment rate declined further, to 6.8 percent, the best figure in 11 years.
According to the latest calculations, the recently observed huge gain in the rate of illegal migration represents increased expenditure of over 15 billion forints (EUR 47.5mn) for Hungary, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó told the press on Thursday.
“Parliament could amend several pieces of legislation at its extraordinary session next week, at which the General Assembly will review the steps taken so far to protect the country’s southern border and discuss further action”, Minister of Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár announced at a press conference entitled “Government Info 20 – What is the Government doing and why?”, held jointly with Minister of State for Government Communication András Giró-Szász.
The Government holds enterprises in high esteem and helps them to extra funding by publishing calls for tender of operative programmes until the summer of 2017, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga said at the presentation ceremony of the Awards for Successful Enterprises in Budapest at which the Minister this time honoured tourism enterprises.
A UN High-level Meeting on South-South and triangular cooperation, which serves as a forum for sharing knowledge and experience with developing countries, was held in Macao, China on August 25-26. The meeting was organised jointly by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, the Chinese Government and the Municipality of Macao. The meeting was attended by representatives of some 100 countries, several relevant UN organisations (FAO, IFAD, UNDP, UNOSSC, WHO, ILO) and a high-level OECD delegation.
In June 2015, calendar-adjusted data show that the volume of retail sales rose by 6.2 percent year-on-year, while unadjusted data signal an even larger increase of 7.2 percent. This growth figure is the fourth largest within the EU, and more than three times larger than the EU average. Remarkable food sales growth in June confirms that consumers have adjusted to the introduction of Sunday shopping restrictions.