Orban wrote in a letter, the content of which was quoted by the spokesman of Prime Minister Bertalan Havasi, that the situation on the eastern border of the European Union, as well as the disputes between the European Commission and Hungary, left several key issues unanswered.
“In light of the serious and urgent crisis,” Orban called on the Commission to propose changes to the EU legal framework in line with the new reality, immediately suspend existing standards that prevent the situation from being resolved, and suspend all infringement procedures that undermine integrity the territorial and national security of the member states and the security of citizens, Havasi announced.
– We have to realize that we also have to react in an extraordinary way to the current emergency. Our security and territorial integrity are at stake
– said the Hungarian Prime Minister.
Orban stressed that Member States could not be held accountable or punished for “the challenges that pose a threat to all of us are responded to by functional – and at the same time proportionate – solutions”.
The Prime Minister recalled that in the conclusions of the October meeting of the EU Council Leaders called on the Commission to urgently bring forward proposals and mobilize funding for actions along all migratory routes. Leaders also called on the EC to propose the necessary changes to EU law and concrete measures backed by adequate financial support to ensure “an immediate and appropriate response in line with EU law and international obligations, including fundamental rights”.
The reason for this appeal was – according to Orban – that current EU law does not reflect reality, it has become obsolete and is non-functional.
‘I think we can all agree that the current legal framework does not provide adequate tools that Member States under pressure could use in a crisis,’ he said.
According to Orban – as Havasi reported – the weakest link in the current system is that everyone must be guaranteed the right to enter the territory of a Member State without being able to thoroughly investigate their origin at the border, even before admitting them.
Meanwhile, he stressed, “an exceptional situation requires exceptional measures.”
– Hungary has stood firm in defending the security of Europe and its citizens by building a physical obstacle and doing its best to distinguish between those who are entitled to international protection and those who seek only economic benefits from living in Europe
According to him EU law “has consistently failed in responding to this situation, as have proposals over the past six years (ie since the 2015 migration crisis) that have never been fully endorsed by Member States.”
Now “we have to face the new reality” and realize that “the gravity of the current crisis poses even greater challenges than disputes over economic recovery,” assessed Orban.
Source: niezalezna.pl, PAP