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Hungary, Poland Agree To Strengthen Regional Cooperation As Premiers Hold Talks In Budapest

Tamás Székely 2016.02.09.

Poland can count on Hungary’s solidarity regarding any use of “double standards” against it, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after talks with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło in Budapest. Speaking at a joint press conference, Orbán said that he and his Polish counterpart agreed on the need to further strengthen the Visegrad Four grouping of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The Hungarian Premier said that in the coming years, the success of the European Union would depend on the success of central Europe. Orbán praised the “historic” friendship between Poland and Hungary, which he said was “tried and tested”. Concerning bilateral economic ties, Orbán said he agreed with Szydło on connecting the two countries’ eastern industrial regions with a four-lane highway in order to strengthen ties between Hungarian and Polish companies. The two leaders also agreed on strengthening direct rail services and flights.

Concerning Britain’s EU renegotiation, Viktor Orbán said Hungary and Poland accept most of Britain’s proposals for EU reform, adding, however, that more talks are needed on certain points. The V4 remain committed to representing a joint position on the matter at the next EU summit in Brussels to be held later this month, he said.

Beata Szydło said Poland will always support Hungary in political and economic matters and is “thankful” for Hungary’s solidarity. She said Poland and Hungary are committed to forming a joint position on Britain’s EU renegotiation. The Prime Minister said the most important part of Britain’s proposals is the plan to restrict EU migrants’ access to social benefits, which she said was “unacceptable”. The Polish Premier said the two countries are also committed to strong cooperation on Europe’s migrant crisis.

Szydło reiterated Poland’s stance that the Schengen Area’s southern borders should be strengthened and that the solution for the crisis itself lies outside the European Union. She said Poland is serious about protecting its eastern border. Szydło said Poland and Hungary are continually strengthening political and economic relations, as both countries feel it is important for the central European region to take on an increasingly large role on an international level.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI photo: Koszticsák Szilárd – MTI


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