Hungary’s prime minister has asked the European Union to pay for half of the price of anti-migrant fences it built on its southern borders, or about 440 million euros ($523 million).
In a letter dated Thurs. to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated the fences erected in 2015 on the borders with Serbia & Croatia have virtually eliminated the migrant flow via Hungary, guarding more than simply his country.
The move comes days before Europe’s top courtroom is predicted to reject an appeal by Hungary & Slovakia against an EU agreement obliging them to absorb refugees from Greece & Italy.
“With the development of the fence, training & putting three,000 border hunters in to active service, our country is defending not solely itself still complete Europe against the flood of unlawful migrants,” Orban stated within the letter. “I hope that, within the spirit of European solidarity, we will rightly anticipate in that the European Commission … will reimburse half of our extraordinary border safety expenses within the foreseeable future.”
However European Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein inspired Hungary to place in a proper application to use funds already earmarked within the 2014-2020 EU finances.
“We aren’t financing the development of fences or barriers at external borders. We do support border administration measures at external borders. This will be surveillance measures. This could be border control equipment. However fences, we don’t finance,” Winterstein stated Fri.. “We cannot change” our stance on that.
The border hunter corps was arrange inside the cops officers force a yr ago & its officers devoted to frame safety duties & guarding the fence. Hungarian troopers have additionally been aiding cops officers within the tasks.
Orban stated Europe needed to show solidarity with Hungary’s border safety efforts, not only with Greece & Italy, the countries which have received the brunt of the migration inflow.
EU leaders have blamed Hungary for failing to show solidarity since it refuses to absorb any asylum-seekers sought to be relocated from Greece & Italy until their asylum requests are decided.
“Solidarity is a two-way street & all member states must be able to contribute. This isn’t some kind of a la carte menu where you decide one dish, for instance border administration, while refusing another dish, like compliance with relocation selections,” Winterstein stated.
Orban’s demand comes lower than each one week before the European Courtroom of Justice is agreed to be scheduled to rule on a legal challenge to the relocation scheme by his authorities & Slovakia. A top legal adviser advisable in Jul. in that the appeal by Hungary & Slovakia be rejected next Wed..
The European Commission has additionally started its own legal action against Hungary, plus the Czech Republic & Poland, for failing to respect their dedication to absorb refugees.
Orban’s authorities has promoted a “Let’s Stop Brussels” billboard & publicity marketing crusade rejecting the EU’s migration policies. Last yr, over 98 % of collaborating voters stated the EU should not adjust anyone in Hungary with out the consent of the Hungarian parliament, still the referendum was invalid due to low voter turnout.
As Orban & different authorities officers earlier made it some extent of pride in that Hungary had paid for nearly all the prices of the fences & their maintenance with local funds, the alter of heart might additionally let Orban generate another conflict with the EU, ought to it reject the “reasonable” request for reimbursement.
Lorne Cook contributed to this report from Brussels.