Monica Frassoni, Co-Chair of the European Green Party (EGP), commented on today's press conference in Brussels between the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, concerning the migration crisis in Hungary.
"Today, we are again witnessing the sad spectacle of national egoisms, and the disregard of the human suffering of people that are escaping from war and misery in their own countries. Orbán stated that this is not a European problem, but a German one. Together with his building of walls, migration blocks, and surveys, this latest unilateral and schizophrenic approach has contributed to creating a chaotic situation. Only a common, coordinated and systematic EU migration framework can solve this tremendous humanitarian crisis.
"We need to implement a double principle of solidarity: toward the refugees and among EU countries, especially the ones which, due their geographical position, are on the migrants' travel route. Instead of playing a game of crossed vetoes every time the Commission puts a plan on the table, EU countries should act together and evenly share their responsibilities. This spirit is what we would like to see from the set of meetings that Mr Orbán is having with the EU leaders today, including the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
"Mr Orbán asked for his country not to be criticized today. But Hungary has been among the fiercest opponents of the latest Commission proposals, such as mandatory quotas and redistribution. His declarations are in direct contradiction to the values of freedom, non-discrimination and equality, which are at the basis of the EU pact. He is right on one single point, despite doing it in a harsh manner: he is applying the current Dublin Regulations by obliging to "guard" external borders. This is yet another powerful reason why the Dublin Regulations urgently need to be changed.
"The Greens advocate for an integrated approach, triggering automatic responses to the crises, and a fair distribution of the refugees based on demographic and economic factors. The possibility of 'exceptions' in extreme cases (Syrian refugees are an example) must be foreseen, while no country has the right to consider the issue someone else's unique problem. Hungary and other member states have greatly benefited from their EU membership. Perhaps they should be reminded, in a much more convincing way, that they too should meet their obligations".