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Brussels warns Hungary in writing that border closings cannot discriminate against EU citizens

September 1, 2020

The European Commission issued a letter to the Hungarian government this Tuesday warning that its measure to close national borders to foreigners would not discriminate against EU citizens.

In a letter to Budapest, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders and Interior Ylva Johansson stressed the importance of the integrity of the Schengen area so that any measure affecting European borders does not discriminate against citizens of the Union.

“Any measure that does not comply with these fundamental principles of EU law must be corrected immediately,” warned the commissioners, who have stated that they will keep in contact with the Hungarian authorities for more information on the measure.

Brussels warns Hungary in writing that border closings cannot discriminate against EU citizensBrussels warns Hungary in writing that border closings cannot discriminate against EU citizens

Hungary announced last Friday that as of September, national borders will be closed to all travelers from abroad, with the exception of Hungarian citizens, as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Government spokesman Gergely Gulyas noted that the majority of new infections registered in the country are people from third countries and confirmed that those who have “a valid reason to enter” will be able to do so.

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