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Dec 16, 2019

FM: Central European countries should use River Danube to connect to other states

The foreign minister said central Europe is the “engine of growth in Europe” and said it was time to “further boost that quality with a modern, shared Danube strategy”.

Addressing an international Danube Commission meeting, the foreign minister has said central European countries should look to the River Danube as an opportunity to connect to other states.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the Danube is a shared treasure that simultaneously enables environmentally friendly freight transport, provides energy and water and has an important role in tourism, economy and agriculture.

According to MTI, the minister welcomed an initiative to review the 1948 Belgrade agreement which called the commission to life, originally with the purpose of supervising the reconstruction of infrastructure along the Danube after world war two.

Minister Szijjártó said it was an honor for Hungary to preside over the preparatory commission for the conference reviewing the document.

Minister Szijjártó said central Europe is the “engine of growth in Europe” and said it was time to “further boost that quality with a modern, shared Danube strategy”.

The Danube Commission comprises Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine.

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