Orbán, Estonian president discuss EU border protection

Both politicians stressed that the European Union should appropriately fund member states’ border protection efforts

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Mandiner
Estonian President Egils Levits (L) and HUngarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest on December 8, 2021. (MTI/Prime Minister's Press Office/Zoltán Fischer)

At a meeting between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Latvian President Egils Levits in Budapest on Wednesday, both politicians emphasized the importance of the EU’s external border protection and the need for Brussels to provide adequate financial assistance to the member states

Orbán assured Levits of Hungary’s continued support in the fight against illegal migration, Orbán’s press secretary Bertalan Havasi told national news agency MTI.

This month, the EU broke precedent and agreed to partially fund a border barrier in Europe, with millions of euros going towards construction projects in Poland and the Baltic states. Hungary has yet to receive any financial support from the EU despite building its border barrier in 2015.

Levits arrived in Budapest at the invitation of Hungarian President János Áder on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and 30 years since those relations have been revived after Latvia became independent.

During the meeting between Orbán and the president of Latvia, they discussed the challenges facing the European Union and NATO, the strengthening of bilateral economic relations and scientific cooperation.

The importance of the EU’s external border protection and the need for Brussels to provide adequate financial assistance to the member states were emphasized at the hearing, Havasi pointed out.

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