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.
Enikő Győri, Minister of State in charge of EU affairs, stated that the report prepared by European Parliament Rapporteur Rui Tavares was without precedent within the European Union. The Hungarian Minister of State pointed out that the report - which was strongly critical of the state of the rule of law in Hungary - concerns issues that fall within the scope of national competence.
Foreign Minister János Martonyi held talks with Silvan Shalom, Minister for Energy and Water Affairs, who represented the Israeli Government at the Assembly of the Jewish World Congress in Budapest.
The fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification of Germany would not have happened without the courage and the political wisdom of Hungary – said former State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany Jürgen Sudhoff at a podium discussion in Budapest on Monday.
Hungary is thankful to Germany for its active role in making Europe united and whole again following the German reunification, Foreign Minister János Martonyi said on Monday.
A key government aim is to improve the climate for foreign investors, Foreign Minister János Martonyi said after meeting his German counterpart on 6 May, 2013.
Foreign Minister János Martonyi received two of the executives of the Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum, Museum Director Sara Bloomfield and Director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Paul Shapiro in his office on May 3. The parties reviewed the main issues related to the Jewish community in Hungary. Minister Martonyi provided detailed information on government measures aimed at combating intolerance.