EU opens infringement procedure against Hungary on asylum rights
The European Commission announced on Friday, October 30, that it had opened an infringement procedure against Hungary for "incorrect application of EU asylum law".
Published: October 31, 2020, 7:06 am
In a particularly tone-deaf decision, Brussels maintained that new asylum procedures adopted by Hungary in response to the Coronavirus pandemic “are contrary to Union law”.
According to these new procedures introduced in May, “before being able to apply for international protection in Hungary, third-country nationals must first make a declaration of intent in which they affirm their willingness to seek asylum at an embassy of Hungary outside the EU and to be issued a special entry permit for this purpose,” the Commission said in a statement.
The European executive “considers that this provision constitutes an illegal restriction on access to the asylum procedure”, in particular because “it prevents people on Hungarian territory, including at the border, from requesting a international protection”.
“Europe wake up!
Extremist, anti-Christian ideologies and groups who want to destroy the traditional European way of life are out of control,”
says Hungary's FM Peter Szijjártó in the response to the latest terror attacks in France.
— Visegrad 24 🇨🇿🇭🇺🇵🇱🇸🇰 (@visegrad24) October 29, 2020
Horrible news from #Nice! My prayers go to the terror victims and their loved ones. It’s high time for Western decision makers to wake up from their Cinderella dream. Multi-culturalism failed! https://t.co/MtM6cRR1cQ
— Tristan Azbej ن (@tristan_azbej) October 29, 2020
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