The Sargentini Report is blatant revenge against Hungary for rejecting illegal immigration, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Minister of State for Communication and Hungary’s International Image.

Speaking on Hungarian M1 Television’s Monday morning current affairs program, Tamás Menczer said the Report contains lies, and also dredges up old issues that have long been resolved on various forums of the European Union.

According to the Minister of State, the current European Commission and European Parliament do not have a mandate to find Hungary guilty in view of the fact that the Hungarian Government is representing the interests and opinion of the Hungarian people with relation to immigration. “The European Commission and European Parliament should be representing the people of Europe, and so it is strange that they wish to punish the Hungary and Hungarian Government that are doing exactly that in their stead”, Mr. Menczer said.

“The Hungarian Government believes that the source of power are the people, but the view that the people should be represented is no longer fully shared on various EU forums. Accordingly, it is the Government’s expectation that the European Commission and European Parliament should not make decisions on decisive issues in view of the fact that there will be elections next spring and the people will decide then what kind of future they would like for Europe”, Mr. Menczer explained.

The Minister of State also spoke about the fact that European politicians have split into two camps. “The pro-immigration group led by French President Emanuel Macron, which calls itself progressive, is so ‘modern’ as to regard European and Christian culture as part of the past, and believes Europe has come to the end of its history and further progress can only be achieved by establishing mixed societies using illegal immigrants”, he explained.

“In contrast, the group led by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wants to stop migration and preserve Europe for the Europeans”, he added.

Speaking on Kossuth Radio’s “180 Minutes” program, Mr. Menczer said the European Union is facing major challenges, including Brexit, the armed conflict in Ukraine, economic problems, energy issues and illegal immigration. “The European Union should be handling these issues instead of pestering a member state for absolutely no reason”, the Minister of State declared.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)