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Jul 15, 2020

FM: Vienna Five cooperation ensured effective protective measures against COVID-19

Péter Szijjártó said central European countries had successfully worked together to introduce protective measures against the virus.

The foreign minister has revealed that Austria and its eastern neighbors held several consultations during the coronavirus epidemic, and these successful talks helped the countries to institute effective protective measures.

After meeting his Austrian, Czech, Slovak and Slovene counterparts, Péter Szijjártó said central European countries had successfully worked together to introduce protective measures against the virus, and they have decided to maintain their cooperation amid upsurges in several neighboring countries.

Commenting on the upcoming EU summit, the minister urged the fair distribution of European Union resources in the next seven-year budget period. He said richer states and countries that acted irresponsibly during the crisis by driving up their debts should not receive preferential treatment.

Minister Szijjártó added that “it must not be allowed that EU funds get cheated from Hungary on a subjective basis”. The distribution of funds must be objective since Hungary has fulfilled all obligation criteria of receiving the funding due, he said. The aim of economic protection is clearly to protect jobs and create at least as many jobs as they have lost. This must be not only a Hungarian but also a European endeavor, he said.

Photo credit: Facebook - Péter Szijjártó