Hungary supports the idea of creating an integrated EU energy market, but not price liberalisation until the smooth and efficient functioning of this market – said Minister of State responsible for EU Affairs Enikő Győri, after attending the meeting of the EU Ministers of European Affairs on 21 May 2013.
Hungary will be performing the duties of Coordinator and acting as Co-President of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) for the next two years. On May 21, the members states of the CTBTO named Hungary and Indonesia to be Co-Presidents of the Organization between 2013 and 2015.
The laws of the European Union and its individual Member States should be brought into balance, with the various constitutional and political structures of members being respected, Minister of Foreign Affairs János Martonyi said May 21 at the international conference in Budapest, entitled “The Enforcement of EU Law against Member States”.
It is with regret that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary has become aware of those political statements that show a clear misunderstanding of the remark made by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his radio interview on May 17, 2013. The Hungarian Prime Minister reacted to the suggestion made by Peer Steinbrück, in which the leader of the social democrats raised the possibility of excluding Hungary from the European Union.
Deputy State Secretary Gergely Prőhle declared that Spiegel Online interpreted Viktor Orbán’s comment incorrectly when it claimed that the Hungarian Prime Minister accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of using Nazi methods.
It is with utter shock and bewilderment that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary was informed about a statement published in the daily paper Metro in Brussels on 16 May by Mr. Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, stating that Hungary wants “to count Jews”.
At a Europe forum in Berlin organised by public-service broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Angela Merkel said she fully agreed with the European Commission that Hungary must change legislation which runs counter to EU treaties.
President of the Republic János Áder presented the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary (civilian division) to Alice Esterházy, daughter of the ethnic Hungarian politician János Esterházy, who was a prominent public figure in Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s and 40’s.
The report on Hungary that the Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe (CoE) has recently adopted is biased and politically motivated, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Foreign Ministry Zsolt Németh declared yesterday on the sidelines of a CoE session. The procedure involves risks for the CoE, because it may force the organisation into ideological battles, he said.
The draft report prepared for the European Parliament by MEP Rui Tavares should stick to the facts with regard to the state of fundamental rights in Hungary, Minister of State for EU affairs at the Foreign Ministry Enikő Győri stated on Thursday.