According to Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister György Bakondi, the plan to reinforce the European Union’s border and coast guard agency (Frontex) is questionable both professionally and politically.

On the Wednesday morning programme of the public service television news channel M1 the chief security advisor pointed out that during the peak period of illegal migration, more than 8,000 police officers and soldiers were required on the Hungarian-Serbian and Hungarian-Croatian border sections to guard the borders. If they also wished to guard the Spanish, Italian and Greek shores, a staff of 10,000 would not be enough.

Additionally, the Frontex proposal also has political implications. According to the plan, should the need arise, border controls would potentially be taken over from a given nation state without its consent. This would mean that the Hungarian border would not be guarded by Hungarian police officers and soldiers, and it would not be for the Hungarian authorities to decide who many enter the territory of the country and who may be given refugee status, but those decisions would be made by an authority controlled by EU headquarters.

In consequence, in actual fact, the main task would not be to seal the borders, but to let people through in an organised manner, said Mr Bakondi who took the view that as a result, within some time, migrants could re-appear at Keleti Railway Station.