Szijjarto slams EU’s enlargement policy

Western and northern EU countries continue to oppose the integration of the Western Balkans, Peter Szijjarto said, calling recent talks in the European Council “sobering”. The foreign minister said the EU had failed again to provide target dates for integration to Western Balkan applicants, and the accession talks had yet to start with North Macedonia and Albania. Szijjarto noted that Serbia has opened four new … Continue reading Szijjarto slams EU’s enlargement policy

Hungary-Russia deal sparks row with Ukraine

Hungary has signed a 15-year gas purchase agreement with Gazprom which will ensure the country’s long-term energy security, the minister of foreign affairs and trade announced. Under the agreement, Hungary has pledged to buy 4.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas each year from the Russian energy giant over a period of at least ten years, Peter Szijjarto said at the signing ceremony on Monday. … Continue reading Hungary-Russia deal sparks row with Ukraine

„EU hostage to ideological debates”

The European Union has become hostage to ideological debates, Hungary’s justice minister said. Judit Varga said on Facebook in an English-language post that on the agenda of a General Affairs Council meeting, “the last point is once again Europe’s sick, tired political stick, aka the Article 7 procedure”. “The series of blackmailing with the rule of law could not be more relevant now, at the … Continue reading „EU hostage to ideological debates”

Szijjarto: Article 7 procedure is political blackmail

The procedure launched against Hungary under Article 7 of the EU Treaty has nothing to do with facts; it is rather meant to be applied as a means of political blackmail, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto said in a meeting of his European Union counterparts in Luxembourg. Szijjarto spoke before the hearings the EU General Affairs Council is set to hold on Tuesday, as part of … Continue reading Szijjarto: Article 7 procedure is political blackmail

Hungary starts CoE presidency

The Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which Hungary officially took over for six months on Friday, comes with “serious responsibility” and also “a special opportunity”, Justice Minister Judit Varga said. In an English-language Facebook post, Varga said that the responsibilities that came with the presidency, which include coordinating the standpoints of 47 member states and consulting continuously with their … Continue reading Hungary starts CoE presidency

Szijjarto invited to Washington

At the invitation of U.S. President Donald Trump, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto will also be attending the signing ceremony of the peace agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in the White House on Tuesday, and will be the only minister present from the European Union. In a statement to Hungarian news agency MTI on Tuesday, Ministry of … Continue reading Szijjarto invited to Washington

Szijjarto: The EU must help investment projects

The European Union should lift its restrictions on the state funding of investment projects until the end of this year, because it is only through investments that new workplaces can be created”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said on his Facebook page on Wednesday following an online conference of the Visegrad Group countries and the Northern-Baltic-Eight. Continue reading “Szijjarto: The EU must help investment projects”