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May 18, 2017

Hungary welcomes comprehensive reform of the UN

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that Hungary supports the UN stepping up its role in the fight against terrorism and devoting greater attention to conflict prevention

Hungary has welcomed a comprehensive reform of the UN aimed at making the organization more effective and ensuring it can respond faster to the most important global challenges.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that Hungary supports the UN stepping up its role in the fight against terrorism and devoting greater attention to conflict prevention.

To help the UN's efforts, the Hungarian government has pledged 100,000 EUR to support conflict prevention activities and the establishment of an international independent mechanism aimed at ensuring that crimes committed in Syria do not go unpunished.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said a reform was also needed so that the organization could take an effective stand in the protection of Christians worldwide.

The minister also emphasized the importance of digitalisation. He said it is not something to be wary of, as it contributes greatly to reducing poverty and improving living conditions.

Minister Szijjártó said that following competition based on tax cuts and infrastructure development, global competition will now turn towards digitalization. This race will depend on which countries can digitalize their economy the quickest and who will be the fastest to connect production with digitalization, the minister said. 

The minister also laid out Hungary’s goals for the next few years in connection with digitalization. One of them is making broadband internet with a speed of 30 Mbps available to all Hungarian homes and businesses by 2018. In addition, the government will reduce the VAT rate on internet services from 18 percent to 5 percent next year. Hungary is also set to become a regional center for the development and testing of 5G networks in central and eastern Europe.