Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth issued the following statement today (15 February) on the Hungarian “Stop Soros” legislative package:
The draft laws introduced in Parliament by the Hungarian Government make the work of civil-society organisations looking after refugees and asylum-seekers more difficult or perhaps even impossible.
I have made our concerns abundantly clear to the Hungarian Government. Whether educational projects, aid for the socially disadvantaged, the concerns of refugees or national minorities, democracy depends on people who stand up for what they believe in. A common European Union requires us to respect and protect all four fundamental freedoms, also above and beyond borders. Only with a vibrant and critical civil society will we be able to preserve our common Europe of shared values.