Speaking to the Hungarian News Agency MTI on Friday, August 26 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó highlighted a number of critical challenges and proposed four pragmatic goals to address the crises facing the European Union (EU).

Speaking from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Hungarian new agency MTI, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó spoke of the unprecedented challenges facing the European Union from the pressure of immigration, the threat of terrorism, the departure of Britain from the EU, and the increasingly long-term war in the Ukraine.

The Foreign Minister summed up in four points the series of systematic policy shifts the EU must undergo in view of the view of the Hungarian Government, in order to emerge from the current crises intact as a unified Europe.

On the first proposal, Szijjártó pointed out that the EU "must protect itself” and put to an end to the untenable European practice encouraging tens of thousands of migrants to violate the borders of EU and Schengen Zone member states.

Szijjártó described the decisions of the European Commission (EC) adopted to date with respect to immigration as harmful and flawed. Szijjártó stressed that Brussels and the EC must admit current policy failure and set course in a different direction in the management of the immigration crisis.

The enlargement of the European Union with the countries of the Western Balkans must be also accelerated, the Foreign Minister reaffirmed. As both the United States, Hungary, and other EU member states have frequently stated, the situation in the Western Balkans and South-East-Europe remains extremely unstable and fragile and might best be addressed through the extension of the EU’s integration process to these countries.

In his third proposal, Szijjártó unequivocally rejected any further transfer of power and autonomy to Brussels. The stronger the Member States of the EU are, the stronger the EU will be, said Szijjártó. Citing recent EU member state action in reaction to the migration and the Ukraine crises, Szijjártó said that solutions have come from individual member states rather than any supranational body in Brussels.

In the fourth and final proposal Szijjártó pointed out that Europe needs strong and decisive leadership, as well as democratically elected leaders. All attacks which are levelled against democratically elected leaders in or around the EU are also attacks against the EU’s security.

(Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)