Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto – Photo: MTI

Szijjarto: ‘Strong member states can make EU winner in new world order’

It needs strong member states to ensure for the European Union to emerge as a winner in a new era in global politics and world economy, Hungary's foreign minister said at a panel discussion held on the sidelines of an international security policy conference in Bratislava on Wednesday.

Peter Szijjarto addressed the forum of foreign ministers representing the Visegrad Group (V4) countries Hungary forms with the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia at Globsec.

“International power relations have changed significantly in recent times, and we are witnessing the emergence of a new world order which begins with fierce competition and it will determine the future,” Szijjarto said.

The foreign minister highlighted the importance of further strengthening member states in order for the EU to strengthen itself as a community and emerge among the winners in world politics and world economy.

“We have never subscribed to the concept of a European United States; we have instead always supported a strong European Union formed by strong member states,” said Szijjarto.

Hungary to reopen Schengen borders from June 24

Hungary will reopen its Schengen borders from June 24, unless the coronavirus pandemic takes a turn for the worse, Szijjarto told a press conference at the Hungarian Embassy in Bratislava. According to the plans, all 36 border crossings with Slovakia would open next week. Also, people living in counties and regions neighbouring Hungary would be able to receive vaccines from Hungary, he said.

Szijjarto held the press conference together with the leaders of three ethnic Hungarian parties.

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