Szijjarto: Central European economic cooperation key to Europe’s development

The development of Europe is increasingly defined by economic relations between the Visegrad Group and Germany instead of German-French cooperation, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday at an event announcing a new development project by German medical device company B. Braun Melsungen’s Hungarian subsidiary.

Szijjarto noted that during a visit to Berlin last week he had discussed the eastward shift of the axis of European economy with German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel. Germany’s trade turnover is 55 percent higher with the V4 than with France and twice as big as the German-UK turnover, he added.

“During the upcoming years, cooperation between Germany and the Central European states, which represent a politics of common sense, will be the key to restoring European competitiveness”,

he said.

Commenting on the development by B. Braun Medical Magyarorszag in Gyongyos in northern Hungary, he said the 30.7 billion forint (EUR 99m) project received 6.1 billion forints non-refundable cash support from the government.

Ludwig-Georg Braun, head of B. Braun Melsungen’s supervisory board, said the company would build a new manufacturing unit for intravenous devices in Gyongyos. The unit will also carry out significant development work thanks to the company’s links with Hungarian universities and schools in the region, he added.

Source and photo: MTI

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