János Bóka, the minister for European Union affairs, held talks in Paris on Wednesday regarding Hungary’s 2024 European Union presidency, issues around Ukrainian grain, as well as EU financing and enlargement.
According to MTI, the minister discussed issues currently affecting the EU with Laurence Boone, the French secretary of state for European affairs and outlined priority topics of the Hungarian EU presidency. “Hungary and France are European partners,” he wrote on Facebook late on Tuesday. Bóka also met Emmanuel Puisais-Jauvin, secretary general for European affairs, and discussed the “Ukrainian grain crisis”, while a medium-term review of the multi-year financial framework and EU enlargement were also on the agenda. He wrote that EU competitiveness and the EU’s strategic autonomy were crucial for Hungary and France alike, and the 2024 presidency would highlight this area. “I was in agreement on this with Emmanuel Moulin, the secretary general of the French State Treasury,” Bóka wrote.