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Sep 01, 2017

Hungary's foreign minister says the country opposes the double standards set forth by the European Commission

"We reject that the European Union should apply double standards in relation to anyone; we are regrettably observing that the European Commission is applying double standards in relation to Poland very intensively. This is unacceptable," Minister Szijjártó said

Hungary's foreign minister has said that the country opposes the double standards set forth by the European Commission. In particular in relation to Hungary and Poland.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, made the remarks after the leaders of the Visegrád Four (V4) met with politicians from the countries of the Eastern Partnership at a meeting attended by representatives of the European Commission and Estonia.

"We reject that the European Union should apply double standards in relation to anyone; we are regrettably observing that the European Commission is applying double standards in relation to Poland very intensively. This is unacceptable," Minister Szijjártó said.

He added that the European institutions should finally start dealing with their actual duty, “rather than picking on individual Member States” and “levelling completely groundless harassment at certain Member States”.

"The EU has never been in such a poor state of security as it is now," he said. The minister added that Hungary will not consent to any measure on the part of the European Union which would be detrimental to Poland.

Minister Szijjártó also reveaaled that the V4 are "pro-enlargement" and would accelerate the process in the Western Balkans. He expressed hope that the member numbers will increase in the near future and rejected the statement made by the president of the Commission who said there will be no enlargement within the next five years.

The minister also commented on the fact that French President Emmanuel Macron did not meet Polish and Hungarian leaders during his recent visit to the region. The minister pointed out that a meeting took place in June.

He also said that a number of attempts have been made to upset the unity of the Visegrád Group, but none of them have been successful. "The cooperation of the group continues to remain the most effective and closest alliance within the European Union," he said.