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Novák Discusses Border, Family Policy with Estonian Interior Minister

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.07.08.

Hungary and Estonia both aim to create a strong Europe comprising strong member states, Katalin Novák, the state secretary for family and youth affairs, said after talks with Estonian Interior Minister Mart Helme in Budapest on Monday.

The issue of migration is a priority for both countries, Novák said, adding that Helme, who also serves as deputy prime minister, will also be briefed on Hungarian border protection measures during his visit.

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Estonia, like Hungary, answers the demographic challenges facing Europe with a strong family policy, Novák noted.

Helme, who also heads the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia, said that his meeting with Novák was “short but very useful”. The minister said he will also visit the border fence erected during the 2015 migration crisis and the adjoining facilities.

Another goal of the visit was to find ways to expand cooperation between Hungary and Estonia as well as between the Visegrád Group and the Baltic states, he said. The cornerstones of that cooperation will be “sovereignty within the European Union”, as well as family policy and the protection of the national culture, language and Christian traditions, he said.

Featured photo by Noémi Bruzák/MTI.