Hungary will not comply with the EC-proposed safe travel list and will not let citizens of non-EU countries to enter Hungarian territory, except for Serbia, PM Viktor Orban said. "For the time being we cannot support the EU's request, because this would go against the healthcare interests of the Hungarian people," he said on Thursday in a video posted on his Facebook page.
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban’s government to repeal a tightening of the Hungarian asylum system, provisions of which it says could violate international laws, news wires reported. Last month Hungary shut the so-called migrant transit zones on its borders, freeing about 300 migrabts, but also hardened rules, in effect barring future asylum applicants.
A Hungarian law targeting the foreign funding of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) violates fundamental EU rights, the bloc's top court ruled on Thursday, dealing a new blow to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The issue is one of several that has pitted Brussels against Budapest in recent years. Other sore points include Orban's hostile stance on migration and broader rule-of-law concerns.
Hungary will lift the state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus crisis on 20 June, Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Tuesday, cited by news agencies. PM Viktor Orban was given the powers without a time limit in a vote by parliament where his party holds a two-thirds majority, drawing EU criticism. But Orban has said that parliament could at any time cancel the special powers.
Foreign investors in Hungary will have to apply for a permit to acquire more than 10% of a local company this year in businesses deemed strategically important, a government decree published late on Monday said.
Hungary opened its southern border for citizens of Serbia and Hungary from Monday morning, Hungarian FМ Peter Szijjarto announced. A similar measure was taken by Serbia on Friday and Budapest decided to answer with the same move, Szijjarto said, adding that the novel coronavirus pandemic was under control in both countries, which allowed the easing of restrictions.
The number of registered jobseekers in Hungary rose by 69,000, or 26.5%, to 330,700 in April from a year earlier, state news wire MTI reports, citing data published by the National Employment Office (NFSZ).
Armed Serbian soldiers are now guarding a migrant camp on the border with Croatia in an attempt to prevent the migrants from trying to cross into the European Union, news wires reported. The decision to station soldiers at the camp came after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic a week ago held talks with PM Victor Orban of neighbouring Hungary, who is one of the most vociferous opponents of illegal migration into Europe, Reuters recalls.