The Associated Press BUDAPEST (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister said Saturday that the European Union has made “grave mistakes” in the past five years regarding immigration and the economy. The European Commission needs to allow a council of EU interior ministers to decide migration issues, comparing their role to the so-called Eurogroup, the finance ministers of the countries using the euro currency, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at a Hungarian cultural festival in the Romanian town of Baile Tusnad.
Orban also took exception to what he described as the “political activism” of the European Commission, which has launched numerous procedures against the Hungarian government on issues where it is considered to be in contravention of EU rules. Over the years these have included objections to laws seen as limiting the rights of asylum-seekers or intimidating civic groups that help them, or special taxes targeting, for example, media companies independent of the government, banks and foreign companies.
“The commission ... needs to behave as the guard of the EU agreements and abandon political activism,” Orban said. “It is not a political body, it should not have a program and it should not carry out political attacks on members states.”