Hungary might build up metallic fence on border with Romania to stop potential migrants. MAE: A fence between two EU members – not a correct move

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On a different note, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry summoned the Romanian charge d’affaires on recent statements made by PM Ponta.

 

Hungary decided to get plans ready to build a metallic fence on a section of the border with Romania, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told MTI on Tuesday.

“The measure is necessary as the human traffickers transiting Serbia are changing their routings and might head to Romania,” Hungarian FM said.

“The fence would start from the Hungarian-Serbian-Romanian border check point and would continue on a reasonable distance if the migration’s pressure moves to Romania,” Szijjarto explained.

The media reported at the end of August that immigrants from outside UE who are transiting the Serbian territory to the EU were trying to avoid the fence built by the Hungarian authorities and to round it at its eastern far end at the joint Serbian-Hungarian-Romanian border, through Majdan/Rade (Serbia) – Beba Veche (Timis, Romania) – Kübekháza (Hungary). The fence begins near Hungarian locality of Kübekháza.

However, the media also reported that Hungary cannot build a fence on the border with Romania, as the move would be incompatible with the EU regulation.

The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs considers that erecting a fence between two EU member states and strategic partners is not a correct move from a political standpoint, and contradicts the European spirit.

‘”Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) has been informed by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding this intention shortly before making it public. MAE has informed in a timely manner, urgently, the competent decision-making actors in Romania about this situation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that erecting a fence between two EU member states and strategic partners is not a correct move from a political standpoint, and contradicts the European spirit. The Hungarian side has already been notified about this position”, MAE stated in a press release sent to Agerpres on the topic of Hungary’s intention plan to build a fence at the Romanian border.

Summons on PM Ponta’s statements

On a different note,  late on Tuesday the Hungarian Foreign Ministry summoned the Romanian charge d’affaires on some recent statements made by PM Ponta on Monday.

“Mr. Victor Ponta has recently made some unsuitable statements about the way that Hungary is managing the immigrants’ crisis,” the Hungarian foreign ministry said.

Levente Magyar, secretary of state within the Hungarian ministry expressed his ” astonishment” regarding “Victor Ponta’s constant attempts to save his controversial moral position through anti-Hungarian lies.”

In his turn, Hungarian FM Peter Szijjarto denied Ponta’s criticism, saying his assertions are “extremist and lying” and are generated by the erosion of his position as prime minister. The head of the Hungarian diplomacy mentioned he expected apologies from Bucharest on this matter.

While in Targu Jiu on Monday, the Romanian premier Victor Ponta said that at present, Romania’s logistics capacity doesn’t allow us to receive more than 1,700 immigrants and that if it could, Romania would receive more refugees but he doesn’t want them “to be treated with the stick” as the Hungarian neighbours are doing.

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