Economic Development Minister Márton Nagy met with his Italian counterpart, Adolfo Urso, in Budapest on Thursday where they discussed the economic situation in their respective countries as well as economic policy developments in the European Union.
According to MTI, the ministers also touched on the US Inflation Reduction Act and its negative effects. They were in agreement on the need to preserve Europe’s sovereignty and ability to act. Nagy and Urso said the Inflation Reduction Act required firm and quick measures on the part of the European Union and its member states if they were to maintain their competitiveness. Nagy said a trade war was underway, underlining the danger of the US draining Europe’s industry through a subsidy race, which he said could result in strategic industrial firms relocating to the other side of the Atlantic. The ministers were in agreement that Hungary and Italy needed to strengthen and expand their cooperation in economic policy, and agreed to continue their consultations, the ministry said.