Orban offers help to Romania to seal its border for migrants
7 October, 2017
The Hungarian PM Viktor Orban (pictured) offered last week help to Romania to seal its eastern border to stop the migrant flows, otherwise Hungary would have to build a fence between the two countries, Hungarian and Romanian media reported. “If it’s necessary, we will be happy to help Romania to protect its eastern borders,” Orban said in an interview for a Hungarian language magazine in the Romanian town of Oradea. He added that Romania will be “overwhelmed by migrants” if the authorities do nothing to prevent this, in which case Hungary will have no choice but to build a fence at its border with Romania.
The Hungarian PM also invited Romania to join the Visegrad Group in developing common policies. “It is up to the Romanians to decide whether to join the Central European success story in cooperation with the Hungarians, launching joint economic projects and setting targets,” Orban said. “We can find a cooperation way of the Visegrad Group plus Romania, to contribute to the living standards rise, to the increase of security. We’ll keep our door open,” Orban added.
The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has invited the leaders of the four states of the Visegrad Group - The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to a dinner on 18 October in an effort to reduce tensions, raised mainly over their refusal to respect the mandatory refugee quotas, Hungarian media also reported.