Nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition launched by the National Agricultural Chamber and farmers' alliance Magosz to protest against the European Union's "plan to use farm subsidies to support migrants", Farm Minister Istvan Nagy said on Monday. The government backed the petition right from the start and its success has gone beyond expectations, demonstrating wide-spread cooperation among farmers, the minister told a press conference. "We will do everything we can to protect Hungarian farmers and the agricultural sector from Brussels," Nagy said. "The most important step will be Sunday's European Parliament election," he added. Despite their denials, the current "pro-migration leaders in Brussels" want to reduce funds in farming "in order to give the money to migrants", he said.