EU still owes Hungary border defense expenses

The European Commission has yet to reimburse Hungary half of the costs it incurred in additional border defense spending since the 2015 migration crisis, conservative daily Magyar Nemzet writes.

The European Commission still hasn't paid Hungary half of the costs it incurred in additional border defense spending since the 2015 migration crisis, conservative daily Magyar Nemzet found out.

In a letter sent to Jean-Claude Juncker,  President of the European Commission on September 1st, 2017 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán asked the EC to reimburse half of Hungary's additional border patrol costs of HUF 270 billion (EUR 883.2 million).

"Through erecting the fence, training and deploying 3,000 border guards Hungary not only defends itself, but Europe as well against the wave of illegal migrants," PM Orbán wrote at the time. "It is our conviction that similarly to Italy and Greece, part of the extra expenditures incurred by Hungary serving a joint European cause should, as customary, be borne by the European Union."

Last week Viktor Orbán announced his ruling conservative party's seven-point program for the EU elections, of which point 5. says that instead of supporting George Soros' pro-migration organizations, the EU should reimburse Hungary's border defense costs.

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