Building new roads and bridges and establishing more border-crossing points between Slovakia and Hungary lie in both countries’ interests in the face of ever fiercer global competition, the Hungarian Foreign Minister said before meeting his Slovak counterpart.
Péter Szijjártó and Miroslav Lajčák met on the sidelines of the Globsec security forum in Pozsony (Bratislava, SK). Prior to the meeting, Szijjártó said that the construction of the new Danube bridge between Komárom in Hungary and Révkomárom (Komarno, SK) would start in September this year. The new facility is estimated to cost 91 million euros, he said.
An EU tender to fund the construction of a bridge on Ipoly has been submitted, with another four further bridges planned on that border river. Plans are afoot for a new ferry as well, and the frequency of border crossings should be boosted to reach European average, he said. Hungary has initiated connecting Győr in northwest Hungary and the ethnic Hungarian town of Dunaszerdahely (Dunajska Streda, SK) in Southwest Slovakia with a high-speed highway, including a new Danube bridge at Vámosszabadi, Szijjártó said, adding that he would ask Lajčák that the Slovak government should support the project.
During his visit to Pozsony last weekend, Szijjártó participated in a panel discussion with his Visegrad 4 Group (V4) counterparts at the Globsec Bratislava Global Security Forum, organised annually by non-governmental research organisation Globsec on foreign and security policy. The three-day forum started on Friday.
“Conferring national competencies to Brussels is a dead-end street”, the Hungarian foreign minister told the forum, noting that all relevant solutions to modern, historical challenges were offered on a national level. At the same time, Szijjartó praised unity within the Visegrad group, which he called the strongest and most efficient bloc within the EU. With the United Kingdom leaving the EU, this lobby has lost its strongest member, forcing the V4 member states – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – to represent their standpoint “in unity and more loudly”, Szijjartó said, adding that Brexit thus increases both the responsibilities and possibilities of the Visegrad countries.
During his visit to Slovakia, Hungary’s top diplomat also met heads of the Party of the Hungarian Community (MKP) and discussed current issues affecting Slovakia’s ethnic Hungarian community.
via hungarymatters.hu and MTI