“Europe will only succeed with strong nation states”

The Visegrad Group countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia must make their voices heard in the debates about the future of the European Union, Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi told MTI on Friday.

Addressing an international conference about the future of the EU on Thursday, the minister said Europe would only succeed if it has strong nation states. Hungary’s interest lies in the success of integration within a European Union which respects the member states’ national and constitutional identities. The EU must guarantee equal rights to member states and the use of double standards is unacceptable, Trocsanyi said. Efforts need to be made to achieve a balance between EU institutions, he added.

Hungary does not favour the emergence of a multi-speed Europe, he said. The European institutions should respect the principle of subsidiarity and matters that have a direct effect on citizens should not be decided on by a technocratic elite. The minister also highlighted the importance of cooperation between the Visegrad countries and that central Europe should play a significant role in shaping Europe’s future.

Source and photo: MTI

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