The French President, Emmanuel Macron, expressed his support for strengthening the external borders of the European Union during talks held in Budapest with leaders of the countries of the Eastern European Union.
At the summit held in Budapest among the members of the Visegrad 4 group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) President Macron also took part, with the latter country soon to take over the EU presidency starting January 1, TheSchengen.com reports.
During a press conference, the leaders of the above-mentioned five countries focused on the need to improve the EU’s migration policy. In this regard, Macron reiterated his view on migrants, stressing that “there is a clear convergence of views.”
The French president also called for new changes to be made in the Schengen area in order to better protect the external borders and reduce the number of migrants from one territory in the European Union to another, as well as to simplify the process of returning people to their countries of origin. Not eligible for asylum are “people who do not have the right to remain in the European Union,” the Associated Press reported.
The Hungarian authorities recently announced that they will continue to protect their borders from the influx of migrants they are currently facing.
Back in October, the authorities in Hungary stressed that attempts to cross the border illegally per day amounted to 319, compared to 97 attempts recorded during the same period in 2020, while the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergeli Golias, called on the authorities The European Union has to cover at least one part of the country’s border fence expenditures.
“It would be great if the European Commission switched from supporting immigration to supporting external border protection because if we don’t want to destabilize Europe during the pandemic and economic recovery, we need effective border protection, which requires approval,” he said.
Since many European countries, especially the Baltic states, are facing an increase in the number of people trying to illegally reach European countries by illegal border crossing, they are constantly trying to find preventive measures in order to deal with such a situation.
Some of these countries consider that imposing fences or building walls would be an effective measure that would help mitigate the increase in the number of migrants.
Recently, the Slovak authorities confirmed that they would provide Lithuania with a detachable barrier that would help protect the external Schengen borders.
European Union foreign ministers earlier accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of an influx of migrants into its neighboring countries. Besides, the EU Minister stressed that they plan to expand sanctions on Belarus to prevent such a thing.