It is not possible to deprive the EU Member States of the right to discuss the issues of the future of integration – said Mr Péter Szijjártó, Foreign Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Monday at the Parliamentary Committee on European Affairs.
The head of the ministry emphasized: the historical challenges faced by the EU, “remained with us” in the past year.
Today, there are serious debates in Europe for these challenges, which is natural because there are 28 sovereign countries in integration, so it is “not too democratic” to question the possibility of debate, he said. He added: to call them undemocratic and unacceptable non-Europeans those who want to keep the right to debate.
Péter Szijjártó mentioned challenges such as terrorism, immigration, energy security, brexity and the situation in Ukraine.
He recalled terrorism: over the last two years there were 27 terrorist attacks in Europe, including 330 deaths and 1300 wounded.
Earlier in Europe there was no terrorism in everyday life, and Hungary rejects the need to live with it as a natural thing, he said. He added, “we expect the European institutions to finally act on this issue”.
He believed that terrorism “stems directly” from the fact that over a period of two years, one and a half million illegal immigrants came to Europe without any control, this flow allowed the terrorist organizations to pass their own fighters without any problems.
In addition, some social integration processes in Europe have failed, parallel societies have emerged in some countries, he explained. He added that these facts must be faced, and can not be denied for convenience, because of political correctness.
The Foreign Minister said in Africa there is an unbearable source of immigration.
Therefore, we must agree with the African countries on how to help migrate the causes of migration, instead of the policy that encourages migrants to leave Europe. “Europe’s security begins in Africa,” he said.
Regarding energy security, he said: “An amazing degree of European hypocrisy and political correctness” is typical of this issue. Hungary is still unable to buy gas from the south because bi-directional gas distribution is not possible from Romania and Croatia and Croatia does not build the necessary LNG terminal on the island of Krk, he said. He sees the lack of infrastructure needed for diversification, and Central Europe is in jeopardy of the current situation.
Péter Szijjártó pointed out that in Brexit, a “nightmare scenario could be conceived” if it did not succeed in signing the widest and deepest free trade agreement with Britain, WTO rules would have a very negative effect on European competitiveness .
Ukraine has said that Hungary has been “the loudest supporter” of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations so far, but the country “backed up” Hungary when in September passed the decision to “dramatically recapture” the rights of the Hungarian community.
The Education Act addresses fundamental international treaties and norms. Hungary will continue to support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, but it fights on all international platforms for the Hungarians to get their rights back, “he said.
He also noted that Hungary is taking advantage of the current Presidency of the V4 to “strike a lance” along with the enlargement of the EU, because the tensions in the Western Balkans region can only be overcome if they accelerate the Euro-Atlantic integration of the countries concerned.
Péter Szijjártó, Chairman of the Committee, said: a strong integration should be built on strong member states, Hungary rejects the idea of the united European states, rather the role of the Member States must be strengthened.
From this point of view, serious “twisting” is the departure of Great Britain, as the country has a similar position in this debate, he pointed out.
Minister István Józsa (MSZP) said the country had produced the best foreign economic figures of all time in the Hungarian economy last year and this is expected to be the case this year.
Tibor Bana (Jobbik), on the question of the vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce, Péter Szijjártó said that the Hungarian state should help small and medium-sized enterprises to succeed in foreign markets.
The head of the cabinet also said that the approach of the Hungarians beyond the borders is at the center of Hungarian foreign policy, and then they stand for the most definite and strongest possible.
In every case, the Hungarian foreign policy acts as the local one does Hungarian community, “he added. Ms Firtl (KDNP) asked the Foreign Minister that Bulgaria had done its best to become eligible for Schengen membership and that Hungary would have an interest in Romania’s compliance with all the criteria as soon as possible.