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Hungary aims to replace the four reactors currently operating at the Paks site, which were constructed in the 1980s and account for approximately 50 percent of Hungary's domestic electricity production
“We are facing challenges, which, it is my belief, we are capable of overcoming jointly, through partnership. However, we also have huge opportunities to move forward towards the achievement of our common goals," President Trump wrote in his letter to PM Orbán
As a result of the hard work of Hungarian people, Hungary once again stands before an “economic breakthrough,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressing the Parliament earlier this week at the opening of the spring session.
In 2015, a migratory wave of unforeseen proportions reached the borders of Europe. One and a half million people have crossed Schengen borders illegally. The cultural and economic integration of the masses of newcomers has made Europe face an unsolvable task, and uncontrolled border-crossings have significantly increased the danger of terror.
Brexit, the migration crisis and the pressure it puts on Europe, economic hardship, the recent terror acts in European cities like Nice, Munich and Paris, have all affected our everyday lives and are issues Orbán believes that the EU has failed to address
Speaking to graduating class of police and border patrol officers last weekend, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had a simple message. It emphasized the outstanding achievement of Hungary’s uniformed services and how they have shown Europe that, if a country so wishes, it can uphold both the Dublin Protocol and the Schengen Treaty. And if everyone does their duty, Europe’s borders can be protected and mass migration can be controlled.
“When I visit southern Germany, I always find time to visit Mr. Chancellor [Kohl],” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán about his latest meeting with former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, adding that they discussed the future of Europe and bilateral relations between Germany and Hungary. Today, in his regular biweekly radio interview, the prime minister had several interesting things to say about both. A few things that may surprise you.
In a joint statement released after visiting the former German chancellor at his home in Germany on Tuesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and former Chancellor Helmut Kohl stated that Europe cannot be a new home to the millions of people in need around the world.
In Stuttgart on Tuesday Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met former Minister President of Baden-Württemberg Erwin Teufel. In their meeting they discussed the future of European Christian democracy and crisis situations in the European Union.
In response to the European Union's proposal, a concept that the government of Hungary considers seriously flawed, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has presented a ten-point action plan for the management of the migration crisis.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) on April 7th, 2016 in Paris, recalling the conditions that lead to the IMF bailout in 2008 under the previous government and the steps that his government took to turn the economy around.
In his regular, radio interview on Friday morning, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that, on the EU’s quota system, “it cannot be the case that one member state alone makes a decision and the others suffer the consequences.” He also spoke about the symbolic significance of paying off the loan and that Hungary has good reason to celebrate this weekend.
After a Committee meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that repaying the IMF-EU loan is an unprecedented achievement, which could not have been accomplished without friends like the OECD.
On Thursday Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France and leader of the center-right party Les Républicains. At their meeting the two politicians discussed European issues.
The Prime Minister’s Press Chief Bertalan Havasi has informed kormany.hu that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has travelled to Paris, where on Thursday he will hold talks with Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurría. During his visit the Prime Minister will also hold informal meetings with a number of important figures in French politics.
At the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, "It is very difficult to find a world-class technology in which Hungary is regarded as highly as it is in its nuclear industry". Watch here (with English subtitles).
“I’d like to express, in the name of the whole country, my commiseration and condolences to the relatives of the victims,” said Prime Minister Orbán today in the Hungarian town of Tatabánya, briefing journalists on the government’s response to the terror attacks in Brussels this morning. Earlier today Prime Minister Orbán and President Áder sent letters of condolence to Brussels and the prime minister issued a public statement.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said he was shocked to hear of the attacks in Brussels committed on Tuesday morning. He has expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and wishes quick recovery to those injured.
“For the past several days we’ve working on behalf of the Hungarian interest that any kind of refugee exchange, settlement or movement of people would only happen on a voluntary basis. We have a chance to achieve this,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán upon his arrival at the EU Council meeting on Thursday. In response to a journalist asking about his prognosis, the prime minister confided, “I always feel good before a summit. Let’s see afterwards.”
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed the nation on the steps of the National Museum on March 15, 2016. His speech looked to the past and pointed out that Hungary's most successful revolutions were when the freedom of the country was threatened. Tying the past to present the Prime Minister spoke in plain but strong language aimed at Brussels and the threat that uncontrolled migration poses to not just Hungary but all of Europe.
“No European nation can be free if Europe is not [free],” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, “and today, Europe is not.” Addressing a crowd gathered in front of the National Museum, the prime minister was speaking today on the March 15th holiday, the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1848 Revolution, a national uprising that grew into a war of independence from the Austrian Empire.
At the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s business year-opening event, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that the Government is introducing a new decision-making mechanism for EU calls for proposals. The Prime Minister also said that warding off the threat of migration may result in an enormous competitive advantage.
The times are over when one can travel on the Western Balkan routes without controls. EU leaders have decided that the routes of people smugglers must be closed, which means that order must also be restored at the borders, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told journalists in Brussels after the summit of the leaders of the European Union and Turkey in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
“Frontiers must be closed down,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had said at the beginning of the day, “in other words: the legal framework has to be restored. The Schengen agreement must be kept word-by-word, so no one can come through without registration and permission.”
Ahead of the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels on Monday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the external borders of the European Union must be closed and the direct resettlement of migrants is out of question – at least in the case of Hungary.
On Kossuth Radio’s “180 Minutes” programme on Friday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in relation to the European Union’s handling of the immigration crisis that “individual action is better than unified inertia”.
Standing fast to the conviction that the European Union’s failed migration policy must be opposed and that Europe, with its common values and common history, must be protected, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, in his annual State of the Nation speech today, said, “Brussels must be stopped.”
Following talks on Wednesday with President of Russia Vladimir Putin at his state residence near Moscow, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán said that his country’s cooperation with Russia on the expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant was the agreement and deal of the century.
At a press conference following a special summit of Visegrád Four (V4) prime ministers in Prague, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the policy the European Union has so far pursued in handling the migration crisis has failed, the external Schengen borders could not be protected, and therefore a new, second line of defence is needed.
In Parliament on Monday Prime Minister Viktor Orbán highlighted halting the decline in the Hungarian population as one of the most important tasks for the future. Mr. Orbán also stated that teachers are asking for an 18% pay increase, which is currently impossible.
Following the meeting of the Visegrad Four, Prime Minister Orbán pointed to the need for a "second line of defense" between Turkey and Schengen. In the press statement, he also voiced support for Bulgaria's accession to Schengen.
“It is a fact that one should act cautiously not to [unnecessarily] limit the rights of freedom, but people’s security comes first,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday morning during his regular interview with public radio.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán issued a statement following his meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in Sofia on January 29, 2016. His statement focussed on the positive relationship Hungary has with Bulgaria, Bulgaria’s active role in protecting the Schengen Zone, the unfair treatment Bulgaria gets from the EU, and the migrant crisis.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán issued a statement following his presentation of the Hungarian Medal of Honor to Dr. Szilvia Lubics in Budapest on January 28, 2016. Dr. Szilvia Lubics is a renowned amateur long distance runner.
Europe has two types of countries, said Prime Minister Orbán during the joint press availability following his meeting in Ljubljana, January 22, with Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar. There are "ones which defend Schengen with words, and others which do so with actions. We both fall into the second category." nyomtatás Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s statement after the Slovenian-Hungarian government summit 22 January 2016 22 January 2016, Ljubljana
Hungary pursues "a migration policy which of course grants political refugees all the possibilities afforded by international law," the prime minister said, "but which does not allow anyone else in.” In his Friday interview on state radio, January 22, the prime minister talked about migration, the taxi versus Uber conflict, and the new family housing allowance program.
In the question-and-answer round of Parliament’s plenary session on Tuesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the Constitution does not support the erection of statues in honour of political leaders in government during the time when Hungary had lost its sovereignty.
“We have lost that which made the European continent attractive," said the prime minister in this interview with a Swiss weekly, "and that which we Hungarians found so attractive in it: free political debate. Political correctness has turned the EU into some kind of royal court, where everyone must behave themselves, while all the time migration is an urgent challenge for us."