Giorgia Meloni (r) and Viktor Orbán – Photo: Facebook

Meloni: Italy supports Hungary’s EU presidency programme

Italy supports Hungary's programme for its upcoming European Union presidency, with its focus on the challenges posed by demographic decline, as well as improving competitiveness and European defence capabilities, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said on Monday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Rome, Meloni said the “new European approach, which has recently taken shape” regarding issues such as the protection of the EU’s borders, the stand against illegal migration and cooperation with African countries, “must be boosted”.

Regarding the war in Ukraine, Meloni also thanked Hungary for enabling important decisions in the EU and NATO, “even if opinions were not always aligned.”

Also, Meloni said she appreciated that the Hungarian presidency would focus on the EU integration of the Western Balkans.

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