Szijjarto: ‘Strong voice’ of Visegrad Group EU interest

It is also in the European Union’s interest that the Visegrad Group voices its opinion on the future of the bloc forcefully, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in his address at the Szazadveg Summer University in Budapest on Monday.

The group comprising Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary “needs to have its voice heard” on issues such as the EU’s competitiveness, regaining security for European citizens, preserving its Christian and European identity and democracy, in the debate on the budget of the 2021-2027 financial cycle and on the enlargement of the bloc, Szijjarto said.

Regarding European security, Szijjarto said the “change in western European approach” should show in the actions to be taken.

The EU faces historic challenges to its security, he said. “Hitherto unquestioned values have been attacked lately”, values at the core of the European social and economic order, he argued, adding that the Visegrad Group represents “common sense” in that debate, and will continue to do so, voicing its opinions clearly.

Central Europe has become the engine of growth and the safest region of the bloc, he said. “Numbers and results are on our side,” he said, adding that the group’s much-debated policies have often proven to serve the interests of the bloc’s citizens.

According to Szijjarto, the V4 countries must add their voice to the debates about competitiveness, security, EU enlargement and the protection of Christian values too. “If Europe gives up its Christian values and traditions, it soon becomes defenceless,” he added.

Source: Hungary Journal, MTI
Photo: MTI


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