22 June 2018
The Hungarian government has passed a series of laws that seek to crack down on immigration and criminalise anyone who attempts to assist asylum seekers.
The laws are part of the so-called “STOP Soros” package supposedly aimed at hitting back at the Hungarian-born US billionaire George Soros and his perceived liberal agenda in Hungary.
The laws also make homelessness a criminal offence and would prevent attempts to settle migrants in the country, which goes against the EU’s quota reallocation proposals currently being discussed.
In response to the news, European Green Party co-chairs Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer said:
“These new laws are leading Hungary down a blind alley. As the authorities increasingly tighten their grip on power, the people will gradually see their freedoms diminished and diversity and creativity curtailed.
“They challenge core values such as the role of civil society and freedom of association, as well as demonstrate a complete disregard for consensus agreed at European level.
“Hungary has made its position abundantly clear. The EU must now also be categoric in its response by acting in accordance with its treaties and refer Hungary to the European Court of Justice to cross-examine the legality of the legislative package.
“History has shown that Europe is best acting together and can unravel spectacularly if national interests are pursued above all else.
"The best solutions on migration can only be achieved by working together for a comprehensive solution that shares responsibility equitably across Europe’s geographic regions.
“Politicians can no longer afford to sit on the fence and watch leaders make a mockery of European values from within its ranks.
“We must ensure that countries, such as Hungary, that benefit from European funds must also share Europe’s responsibility to protect people fleeing violence in line with international human rights.”
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