Hungary sends the European Union a border fence bill

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Series Details 31.08.17
Publication Date 31/08/2017
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The request was announced by the Hungarian government as the fences were alledgedly 'protecting all the citizens of Europe from the flood of illegal migrants'. The government pointed out that solidarity needed to include this sort of initiatives relating to border protection.

Hungary decided in 2015 to build a fence patrolled by soldiers and dogs at its southern border with Serbia in response to a wave of refugees and migrants crossing its border. The country later reinforced the barrier with an additional fence line, built another fence on its border with Croatia and hired around 3,000 special 'border hunter' police.

The request came just days before the European Court of Justice was due to decide on a case brought by Hungary and Slovakia against the relocation of refugees across the European Union. The preliminary Opinion was published in July 2017.

Hungary asked the European Union in August 2017 to cover half of the costs for the fences erected to keep migrants out of the territory. The EU quickly rejected the request, stating it did not seek to finance the construction of fences or barriers at the external borders.

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Reuters, 01.09.17: Hungary should recognize solidarity is two-way-street: German government spokesman
EUObserver, 01.09.17: EU rejects Hungary's demand to finance border fence
EUObserver, 01.09.17: Hungary demands EU payments for border wall
Politico, 31.08.17: Hungary: We built a wall and the EU should pay for it
Euro|Topics: Debates, September 2017: Orbán wants EU to pay for his fence
Hungary: Government: Prime Minister's Office: News, 31.08.17: EU should reimburse half of Hungary’s border protection costs
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EDN Hub, 01.09.17: EU ready to study Hungary border compensation request (AFP)

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