There is no internal security in Europe without border protection, György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister said on the Wednesday evening programme of the public service television news channel M1.

The chief security advisor said regarding the Tuesday meeting of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini that Hungary and Italy agree on a number of issues, including that borders must be guarded, and that those who have entered Europe and are not eligible for refugee status must be transported back to where they came from.

He pointed out that the Hungarian government has consistently maintained that the borders must be sealed. At its southern border Hungary has demonstrated that illegal migration can be stopped. At the same time, Italy, and earlier Australia too, have demonstrated that illegal immigration can also be stopped at sea.

Mr Bakondi also highlighted that Italy would like to receive help with the distribution of the migrants on its soil as part of the quota system. Hungary takes the view that this is not the right solution. At the same time, the fact that they agree on the need for protecting the borders and for transporting migrants not eligible for refugee status back to their home countries may serve as foundations for long-tem cooperation with Italy, he added.

In the context of next year’s European parliamentary (EP) elections, Mr Bakondi said that at earlier EP elections people voted on the basis of internal political principles and preferences throughout Europe. This time, however, a pan-European issue, the issue of illegal migration may determine the people’s views, the chief security advisor pointed out, observing that French President Emmanuel Macron has already spoken about a “United States of Europe”, of which nation states, including Italy and Hungary, more specifically, are enemies.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)