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The first wave of the pandemic had been handled very effectively by Hungary, together with the other Visegrad Group (V4) countries but the second wave is different, with a different pandemic situation.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said one of the greatest failures of the previous European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker was bringing the enlargement process to an almost complete standstill.
“The cooperation of Central European countries is engraved in the hearts of Central European people,” Prime Minister Orbán said earlier today in Prague, adding that the upcoming years will be all about the success of Central Europe and the Visegrád Four. A few highlights from the PM’s speech honoring the 30th anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution, a peaceful transition of power that marked the end of the communist era.
The Finance Minister said that since the current government came into power in 2010, net wages have grown by an accumulated 85 percent, and the gross wage rise between 2010-2018 was the fastest among the Visegrád Four group states.
A special Hungarian-Czech Innovation Platform (CIP) will be established. This platform will provide V4 countries with the opportunity to work together on innovation and technological development, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.
“Neither Manfred Weber, nor Frans Timmermans cared for the interests of eastern Europe. Fortunately, we succeeded in stopping them,” said Viktor Orbán regarding the results of yesterday’s European Commission summit.
Mit ihrem überwältigenden Sieg am Sonntag sicherte sich die Fidesz-KDNP-Allianz unter Führung von Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán 13 Sitze im Europäischen Parlament. Aber das ist nicht alles. Die große Gewinnspanne bei einer Rekordbeteiligung spiegelte einen wichtigen Trend in der gesamten Visegrad-Gruppe wider.
“We will continue to reject illegal migration and to fight against mandatory settlement quotas. We will not let them impose on us a failed and dangerous decision regarding the mandatory settlement quota," Hungary's foreign minister said
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán visited Serbia recently as the country prepared for last weekend’s elections. The visit was all about strengthening Hungarian-Serbian relations at a time when, as many observers of recent geopolitical trends in Europe have said, the significance and influence of Central and Eastern Europe is changing.
“Europe hasn’t been subject to such serious security challenges since World War II and a unified and determined response must be provided to them,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó at the GLOBSEC conference in Bratislava.
“The relationship between Hungary and Poland is one of the cornerstones of Hungarian foreign relations; the friendship between the Hungarian and Polish people is a special relationship spanning many periods of history”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said on Friday in Budapest at the Hungarian-Polish Business Forum.
Hungary would primarily allocate funds towards the defence efforts of the Balkan countries against illegal migration. At the same time, Hungary is not opposed to Turkey being given a significant financial grant, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office said at his press conference held on Thursday in Budapest.
In Government Spokesman Zoltán Kovacs's opinion, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzo is politically blackmailing both Hungary and the V4. According to news reports he stated that EU subsidies should be reduced for the offending countries if they do not accept the mandatory resettlement quotas.
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.
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.