According to Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister György Bakondi, the latest proposal concerning the European Union’s Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) means nation states would have to relinquish their border security.

Speaking on Hungarian M1 television’s Monday evening current affairs program, Mr. Bakondi explained: The latest Frontex proposal has an antecedent in view of the fact that previous plans, which Hungary also supported, were for the establishment of the organisation to enable the provision of European assistance to stretches of the EU border that are under major pressure.

However, he continued, when the practical conditions of the Agency were drawn up, it transpired that it only consists of 1500 people, most of whom are technical experts and officials, not border guards.

The Chief Security Advisor said that according to the latest idea the staff of the border and coast guard must be increased to ten thousand, and indicated that in his opinion even this is insufficient to ensure the protection of the EU’s external borders.

There is a new element in the proposal: that “border protection will also be taken over if the given nation state does not request assistance or does not give its consent to such assistance”, he said.

According to Mr. Bakondi, this means nation states would have to relinquish their border security, border protection, and the right to decide who can and cannot enter their territory.

“Accordingly, the Hungarian Government does not support this idea”, the Chief Security Advisor added.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)