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Orbán considers the European Court's sentence on refugees to be "dangerous"

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Orbán considers the European Court's sentence on refugees to be "dangerous"

The Hungarian Prime Minister, the ultranationalist Viktor Orbán, described this Friday as "dangerous" the sentence of the European Justice that recently condemned the country for keeping asylum seekers in "transit zones".

The European Union Court of Justice ruled on 14 May that keeping asylum seekers in Hungary's transit zones was tantamount to “detention” and that it was allowed for a maximum period of four weeks.

After the verdict was known, the Hungarian government announced that it was going to close the controversial provisional facilities along the border with Serbia and transfer 300 asylum seekers to "reception centers", which were not specified.

For Orbán, the requirement of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is “a dangerous measure because it jeopardizes the entire security of the European Union”.

Brussels officials "who want to determine who Hungarians" live with "have resurrected, Orbán told the public radio station. "We will let anyone who wants to enter the country, taking into account international law," said the prime minister.

Orbán added that the new laws that will have to be drafted for this situation will require asylum seekers to file protection requests at Hungarian embassies abroad.

In the same interview, the Hungarian Prime Minister highlighted the “good management” that he made of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and announced that he will present a proposal to end the state of emergency next Tuesday.

The country has successfully defended itself against the coronavirus, ”said Orbán in the usual weekly interview on public radio Kossuth, adding that the measure that was adopted“ was one of the best decisions ”that was taken by the government. "We are going back to normal parliamentary work," said the prime minister, referring to the state of emergency introduced in mid-March.

On March 30, the Hungarian parliament passed a controversial law that allows Viktor Orbán to rule by decree until further decision, within the framework of the state of emergency approved with the aim of fighting the pandemic.

The decision sparked concerns, notably from the European Commission, which said it was monitoring the exercise of the Hungarian government's enhanced powers in the context of the Covid-19 crisis with particular attention. Hungary records 450 deaths from Covid-19 and “around 3,200” cases of contagion from the disease.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 330,000 deaths and infected more than five million people in 196 countries and territories. More than 1.8 million patients were considered cured.

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