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Dec 29, 2017

PM Orbán to meet Poland's new prime minister in Budapest

Poland’s new Prime Minister will make an official visit to Budapest to meet Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on January 3rd, 2018

Poland’s new Prime Minister will make an official visit to Budapest to meet Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on January 3rd, 2018.

Mateusz Morawiecki, who took office on December 11th, along with Witold Waszczykowski, the country’s foreign minister, decided to take their first official foreign visit to Hungary.

PM Orbán last paid a visit to Poland in September. He held talks with Beata Szydlo, as well as with the heads of the Polish Sejm and Senate and the leader of the governing PiS party.

The prime minister sent a congratulatory message to Poland’s newly-appointed PM Mateusz Morawiecki in December. In his letter, he said he believed that by “working closely together at the European level, he and Morawiecki could create opportunities for their countries that could also contribute to the success of the whole of central Europe.”

Meanwhile, the European Commission launched the Article 7.1 procedure against Poland over its judicial reforms. Deputy PM Zsolt Semjén called the move a “politically motivated procedure” against the Polish government and said Hungary would veto it. 

PM Orbán later firmed the close relationship between the two nations when he said in a radio interview that “if somebody attacks Poland, the whole of central Europe is under attack”. Hungary’s interest is to show solidarity with the Poles and make it clear that no EU punishment can be introduced against them, he added.