Following the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács told public news channel M1 that the Government will increase the amount allocated for the construction of the temporary border barrier and for the temporary placement of migrants by HUF 22.2 billion.
The development policy of the period between 2014-2020 may be regarded as successful if there are 5 million jobs, that is, 800,000 more jobs in Hungary by 2020 than there are at present, and if the country is able to build and develop its industries which promote the growth of the economy, Deputy State Secretary for Development Policy Communication Nándor Csepreghy said.
On Tuesday Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács told national news channel M1 that by the end of the year as many as 250–300,000 immigrants might have arrived in Hungary, which is why the country needs the security barrier on its southern border.
According to Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács, an overwhelming majority of the over one million respondents in the national consultation on immigration agree with the questionnaire’s statements.
The ideas conceived at the Bálványos Summer Open University and Student Camp created the foundations for the most important achievements of Hungary’s national policy, State Secretary for National Policy Árpád János Potápi said in Tusnádfürdő at the opening of the series of events commonly referred to as Tusványos.
The Prime Minister indicated already at the beginning of June: he is unable to accept President Ildikó Vida's resignation for professional reasons; however, on personal and family grounds he would be willing to do so, State Secretary for Government Communications András Giró-Szász told MTI on Wednesday in answer to an enquiry.
The Government decided on the construction of two types of border fence at its Tuesday meeting; the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defence will build an almost four-metre-tall fence on the sections of the border which can be easily penetrated, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office informed the press at a press conference held during the break of the cabinet meeting.
Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács told public news channel M1 on Friday that, in parallel with making legislation on immigration stricter, illegal border-crossing must once again be classified as a criminal offence, rather than a simple infraction.
The Government will initiate an amendment to the Penal Code in order for illegal migration to qualify as a criminal offence, rather than as a misdemeanour, János Lázár, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office said at the press conference “Governmentinfo 17 – What does the Government do and why?” which he held jointly with State Secretary for Government Communications András Giró-Szász.
The European Parliament recognises the efforts made by the Government in the past five years; all support is available for the operation of a development system in Hungary which will make Hungary the region’s most competitive economy by 2020, the Deputy State Secretary for Development Policy Communication at the Prime Minster’s Office said.