Hungary, Austria take similar measures to halt epidemic

The Hungarian and Austrian governments have taken similar measures to halt the novel coronavirus epidemic, the head of the Prime Minister's Office said after talks with Austrian political leaders in Vienna on Tuesday.

“It is a shared view that the tasks are the same: to protect the health of the people and ensure the operation of the country,” Gergely Gulyas told MTI, assessing his one-day visit to tbe Austrian capital.

Gulyas held talks with EU Affairs Minister Karoline Edtstadler, Integration Minister Susanne Raab and Karlheinz Kopf, second president of the National Council, as well as the secretary general of the governing OVP party and the leader of opposition FPO.

“We hope that our efforts will be successful and life can soon return to normal,” he said.

Gulyas said relations between the Hungarian and Austrian governments are sound, the two countries are partners and allies, adding that Hungary has friendly relations with both the OVP and the FPO.

He said both governments are aware of the new dangers posed my migration, which has once again become a focus of European politics since the latest developments in the refugee camp in Moria on the island of Lesbos.

They are also committed towards implementing the accord reached at the EU summit in July, Gulyas said.

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