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Mar 13, 2020

PM Orbán: The EU has a vested interest in forming strategic partnerships with its eastern neighbors

PM Orbán said that though it was “not easy” for a member state to enforce its national interests within the bloc, “it is still better to be on the inside than on the outside despite all the difficulties”.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the European Union has a vested interest in forming strategic partnerships with its eastern neighbors like Moldova and in being open to their accession to the bloc and pursuing economic cooperation with them.

Following talks with his Moldovan counterpart in Chisinau, PM Orbán described Hungarian-Moldovan relations as “good and dynamic”, underlining Hungary’s commitment to backing Moldova’s European integration.

PM Orbán said Moldova has both an association and a free trade agreement in place with the EU, adding that the country still had more opportunities for cooperation with the bloc.

In regards to the European Union, PM Orbán said that though it was “not easy” for a member state to enforce its national interests within the bloc, “it is still better to be on the inside than on the outside despite all the difficulties”. The prime minister said he had advised his Moldovan counterpart to pursue the closest possible cooperation with the EU.

Ahead of the press conference, the two leaders signed a bilateral strategic partnership agreement. The agreement aims to deepen bilateral economic cooperation where Hungary has opened a 100 million dollar credit line to this end.