János Lázár announced Thursday that the Hungarian government would convene to discuss the interior ministry’s anti-terrorism legislative package next week, reports news site Index.hu. According to Lázár, who is the Minister in Charge of the Prime Minister’s Office, the government is taking seriously an alleged threat made against Hungary by the Islamic State and will do everything to guarantee the security of the country.
The minister emphasized that the government was providing Hungarian police and military with everything necessary to ensure “that problems are avoided and attacks are countered.” Lázár also said the government only wants to employ tools that are currently being used in other EU Member States.
(It should be noted that the Orbán government has said the same thing about several laws in the past which turned out to violate EU law-ed.).
Retaining a heightened state of alert at the border remains a top priority for the government, he said.
“An increase in migration means increased pressure from Islam and an increased risk of terror in Europe and Hungary,” Lázár said.
The minister downplayed recent reports that the European Commission has suspended fiscal transfers to Hungary. According to Lázár, Hungary will continue to negotiate with the EU for the release of the funds, but even if the European Commission freezes the funds, Hungary has enough money to cover the shortfall.
Lázár went on to blame organizations funded by investor and philanthropist George Soros for trying to prove that EU funds are being used in a corrupt fashion by the Hungarian government.
The minister rejected accusations regarding corruption and said that “[such organizations] receive money for the purpose [of uncovering corruption in Hungary] only to accuse the current Christian conservative government of engaging in that practice.”
Lázár discussed the teachers’ nationwide hour-long act of civil disobedience that took place on Wednesday and called it a “failure.”
“We respect the protestors’ opinions but we think it is unacceptable that they would bring politics into the schools,” he said.