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Apr 17, 2020

Coronavirus Update: FM says unimpeded movement of goods is vital during current crisis

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary is ensuring the unimpeded movement of goods to all its neighboring countries.

The foreign minister said the unimpeded movement of goods is vital during the current coronavirus crisis.

Following a conference call with EU foreign trade ministers, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary is ensuring the unimpeded movement of goods to all its neighboring countries.

The minister said the Hungarian government will submit a proposal to the European Commission early next week on relaxing investment promotion regulations, adding that eliminating the current 800,000 euro limit on state investment support for businesses would help restart the European economy.

Commenting on the targeted relaxation of border restrictions, the minister said an additional crossing, at Battonya, has been opened for commuters on the Hungary-Romania border.

Also, construction of a new bridge over the River Danube connecting Komárom and Komarno is set to continue, with the project expected to be completed around late summer or early autumn.

Further, in line with prior agreements and plans, the two countries will connect their electricity grids at two points and significantly increase the capacity of the Hungary-Slovakia gas interconnector.

The minister also said Hungary has received a donation of 100,000 surgical masks from Kazakhstan, being the fourth Turkic Council member state which has helped in the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic.

A call center set up for advice on the coronavirus can be reached on +36-80-277-455 and +36-80-277-456 or by email koronavirus@bm.gov.hu