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.
Australia will close its embassy in Budapest as part of budget cuts for foreign affairs, Australian media reported on Monday, citing the AAP news agency. The reaction of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was that bilateral relations would be maintained at the currently excellent level. The Australian Government is expected to announce austerity measures worth billions of dollars to reduce Australia's deficit on Tuesday, the reports said. Foreign Minister Bob Carr told ABC radio on Monday that his department will also implement measures to share cutbacks. "The most significant one is closing one embassy; that's the embassy in Budapest," he said.
Signing the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine at the Vilnius Summit in November is also important for the future of the Eastern Partnership – said the Hungarian Foreign Minister at the opening of the 6th EU-Ukraine Forum in Budapest on May 13.
Zsolt Németh, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, declared before the Hungarian Parliamentary Committee for European Affairs that Hungary was committed to continuing EU expansion in the Western Balkans and that it wanted to advance its national interests through the European integration process.
Foreign Minister János Martonyi declared that it was a European as well as a Central European and Hungarian interest that the European Council make a decision about when accession negotiations with Serbia should begin.
Hungary’s contribution to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, set up to support the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, will be incorporated into the 2014 national budget according to current plans – said Gábor Kaleta, Head of the Press Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The task of the Foundation is to amass a sum of €120 million for the Perpetual Fund.