EU Commission rebuts Orban's accusations over migration

EU Commission rebuts Orban's accusations over migration
A billboard from a campaign of the Hungarian government showing EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Hungarian-American financier George Soros with the caption "You, too, have a right to know what Brussels is preparing to do." is displayed at a street in Budapest, Hungary, Feb. 26, 2019. The Hungarian government claims that EU leaders like Juncker, backed by Soros, want to bring mass migration into Europe. The billboard has been sprayed with graffiti saying "Orban thief," in reference to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi)

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has issued a formal rebuttal to accusations by the Hungarian government that the EU is promoting mass migration.

EU spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Thursday that “the Hungarian government campaign distorts the truth and seeks to paint a dark picture of a secret plot to drive more migration to Europe.”

In a point-by-point statement, the commission insists it is not planning to introduce mandatory resettlement quotas and it is working hard to defeat human trafficking.

Andreeva said Hungarian citizens “deserve fact not fiction.”

In the election campaign of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the Hungarian government sent citizens a letter from the prime minister that warns “the Brussels bureaucrats want to break the resistance of countries opposed to immigration.”

The dispute comes three months ahead of the European elections.