Lázár: Hungary received no support for border protection

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Although Cabinet Chief János Lázár said yesterday at his regular weekly press conference that the fence on the Serbian border is needed and that the European Union has not supported Hungarian border security “with a single eurocent”, in the period between 2014-2020, the EU has in fact allocated HUF 71 bln in funds for such concerns, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reported.

According to Origo, the EU’s External Border Fund (EBF) supported Hungary with HUF 18.5 bln during 2007-2013 for the protection of EU borders in Hungary, and the EU has allocated HUF 12.5 bln from the Internal Security Fund (ISF) specifically for border protection.

The daily notes that the European Union has a history of not funding the building of barriers along borders, but Lázár reportedly said that Hungary would never ask the EU to financially support the building of the fence. According to the daily, the Hungarian government is planning to spend HUF 60 bln on the fence.

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