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Nov 08, 2018

PM Orbán meets Croatian PM on sidelines of EPP congress to discuss bilateral ties and challenges faced by Europe

The two prime ministers reviewed topical political and economic issues and discussed their countries’ preparations for next spring’s European Parliamentary elections

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic have met on the sidelines of a European People’s Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki to discuss bilateral ties and challenges faced by Europe.

According to MTI, the two prime ministers reviewed topical political and economic issues and discussed their countries’ preparations for next spring’s European Parliamentary elections.

Both parties advocated the “closest possible” cooperation within the EPP to secure the best results at the EP ballot in May.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán also held talks with Finnish counterpart Juha Sipila on the sidelines of the congress. Referring to recent remarks by EPP lead candidate nominee Alexander Stubb, PM Orbán said that “Stubb’s accusations against Hungary cannot damage excellent Hungarian-Finnish relations.”

PM Orbán has already voiced his support for the candidacy of Manfred Weber to head the EPP rather than “pro-migration” Stubb. Last week, Stubb said that unless Orbán pays respect to EPP’s values, he must leave the group.