According to the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary State Secretary, border protection cannot be entrusted “to people who are holding a pair of fence cutters”.

Speaking on Kossuth Radio’s “Sunday Paper” show, Csaba Dömötör also stated that “Hungary has not been striving to protect its borders for hundreds of years to now sit down at a negotiating table and hand them over to people for whom it isn’t that important”.

The Saltsburg summit has shown that the latest central issue in the migration debate is border protection, the politician said, explaining that the main proposal at the meeting was “for member states to forego their right to protect their borders” and entrust it to Brussels and to Frontex, the EU’s Border and Coast Guard Agency.

“This is unacceptable to the Government for several reasons”, he declared, explaining that firstly Hungary is capable of protecting its borders and we have in fact “shown an example” with respect to this, and secondly because there are many in Brussels who do not want to protect the EU’s external borders and would rather facilitate and support migration.

Mr. Dömötör repeated the Government’s position, according to which if a member state feels it cannot protect its borders then that country should be afforded assistance. “But countries that are capable of doing o on their own steam cannot be stripped of their right to protect their borders”, he stressed.

According to the State Secretary, behind the border protection proposal lie many Brussels plans to support immigration, not stop it. From among these, he highlighted the fact that “they want to take out of our hands the right to determine who is a refugee and who is an economic immigrant”.

In Mr. Dömötör’s opinion, “It is as if Brussels is running a programme of self-surrender, and (…) it is time to restart the machine” because in the long term it is impossible to practice politics that go against the will of the people. “A change in political direction may be forced at next year’s European Parliament elections”, he added.

With relation to the fact that President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker raised the possibility of expelling Fidesz from the European People’s Party only after Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had left the hall, the State Secretary said this was a “particularly unfair” procedure, but the most important thing is that Juncker’s proposal was rejected.

He also stated that in his opinion, in addition to previously closed issues, the Sargentini Report also included “ideological expectations” that have “absolutely nothing to do with the rule of law”. The true political significance of the report, in his opinion, is that it brought the fault lines to the surface and has produced a clearer picture of the situation a few months prior to the European elections.