On the sidelines of an EU summit in Porto, Justice Minister Judit Varga said Hungary sees the European Union as a community based on “families, employment, and innovation”.
Minister Varga said Hungary’s position differed from visions of a “European United States”, and argued that the Hungarian model was based on “experiences of more than ten years, reality, and tangible results”. She said that the Hungarian model proved that if nation states could handle welfare issues themselves, giving “equal focus to family policy, economic policy, competitiveness, and national identity,” then “they could achieve real results”. But, she added, given the different cultural and historical traditions in each country, the solution must be found by each individual one.
The minister said the EU summit has set the goal for the bloc to reach 78 percent employment, adding that Hungary’s rate was around 75 percent already, and its goal was to raise it to 85 percent by 2030.