Hungary sees the European Union as a community based on “families, employment, and innovation”, Justice Minister Judit Varga said in Porto on Friday, on the sidelines of an EU summit.
Speaking to Hungary’s public media, Varga said that 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 individually.
The EU summit has set the goal for the community to reach 78 percent of employment, Varga said, adding that Hungary’s rate was around 75 percent already, and its goal was to raise it to 85 percent by 2030.
Varga said that the members of the Hungarian delegation had met such “non-classic partners” as university deans, and discussed Hungary’s new higher education model, and gained information on Portugal’s experience.
Varga and Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics also met leaders of the European federation of small and medium-sized businesses on the sidelines of the Porto summit.
Featured photo via Judit Varga’s Facebook page