EC migration proposal can only be invitation for discussion: Polish FM

The Migration Pact proposed by the European Commission can only be considered as an invitation for the further negotiations, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said after meeting in Budapest with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó.

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The Polish minister said that the current proposal is hard to accept when “neither the receiving country could choose who they are letting in, nor the migrants choose the country to where they want to be sent.”

According to Mr Rau, the situation “will require in-depth discussion and reflection.” He also declared that Poland and Hungary will protect their opinion on this issue.

“We stand by the position – certain among members of our societies – that our form of government should be decided by voters first and then by the legal institutions, such as the Constitutional Court in Poland,” the Polish minister said.

Mr Szijjártó added that “the policies of both patriotic governments” place the national interest on the front line and are founded on Christian bases and this is “intolerable for the international liberal mainstream.”

Both FMs announced that Poland and Hungary intend to create a Polish-Hungarian “legal comparative institute” aiming at obtaining “necessary legal security and knowledge to deal with liberal ideological pressure.”

The aim of this institute of comparative law would be that we should not be taken for fools,” Mr Szijjártó said, adding that he had “had enough of some western European politicians using us as a punchbag”.

The institute would examine how the rule of law was upheld across the EU, to avoid “double standards” being applied to Hungary and Poland, the Hungarian minister said.

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Referring to the 30th anniversary of the Visegrad Group (V4 made up of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) Mr Rau said that the Group has become the most effective regional cooperation mechanism within the EU and mentioned that Monday’s talks covered, among others, infrastructure projects including common cyberspace, transport and energy infrastructure.

The Hungarian FM stressed that Poland and Hungary can count on each other not only as a couple of friends. “Poland is our closest ally in Europe. We are not only friends and allies, but also brothers in arms,” Mr Szijjártó emphasised.

“The ability of Hungary to realise its interest in foreign policy has always been dependent on the strength of the Visegrad Group and the Polish-Hungarian alliance. This is why the bilateral relations are intended to empower the V4 and have always been at the centre of Hungarian foreign policy,” he added.

The talks between the Polish and Hungarian FMs also concerned the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, the situation in Belarus and Trans-Atlantic relations.