Prime Minister Viktor Orbán - Photo: PMO

Orbán addresses Centrist Democrat International leadership meeting

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán assessed Europe's political situation in his speech at a Centrist Democrat International leadership meeting in Marrakesh, his press chief said on Friday.

Orbán addressed the problems of the “green transition” in Europe, economic growth, and the subjects of migration and the war in Ukraine, Bertalan Havasi said.

Orbán, a vice president of CDI-IDC, discussed decisions made in Brussels which had worsened the situation of European agricultural producers and car manufacturers, the press chief said.

The prime minister insisted that Europe’s competitiveness was deteriorating, and both the US and China were generating far higher economic growth than the bloc, he added.

Commenting on migration, he criticised the migration pact approved recently, which he said went against an earlier court decision and forced the EU’s “migrant-friendly policy” on countries that opposed migration. Hungary and Poland have already announced that they would not implement the “harmful and dangerous” pact, Orbán said.

Commenting on the war, he said that pro-peace Hungary confronted 26 pro-war countries in the EU. “We continue to support ceasefire and peace talks,” he said.

He also noted changes in NATO’s policy. Whereas in the past the organisation had not taken any role in the Ukraine war, last week it started preparing coordination activities in weapons supply and financial support, he said. “Hungary will stay out of this planning process,” Orbán added.

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