At the ministerial conference held in The Hague on 20-21 May to adopt the International Energy Charter, Hungary was represented by Minister of State for Energy Affairs of the Ministry of National Development András Aradszki and Minister of State for Security Policy and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade István Mikola as members of the Hungarian delegation.
The general directors of aviation of six Central-European countries laid down plans for the coming years for enhancing the general efficiency of air navigation services in Budapest on 7 May, 2015.
The Minister of National Development has issued calls for proposals for the exploration and exploitation of brown coal at the site of the mine known under the name “Dubicsány I – Coal” as well as for the research, exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon in the areas of Battonya-Pusztaföldvár North, Berettyóújfalu, Dány, Lakócsa, Mogyoród, Nagykáta, Ócsa, Püspökladány and Sellye.
Hungary's accession to the European Space Agency, ESA, has again reached an important milestone. The Accession Agreement signed in Budapest on 24 February, was announced by the Government in the government decree published in the latest issue of the Hungarian Official Journal.
The Transport Ministers of the Visegrád Countries and Austria, Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič and EU Commissioner for Transport and Mobility Violeta Bulc attended the Bratislava Meeting on 26 March, 2015. The discussion held on board a train to Zilina focused on the work plans for the transport corridors affecting V4 countries, the efficient utilisation of CEF funds and the investment stimulation programme of the Juncker-package.
The key to European competitiveness is that the EU-level alliance be further consolidated by bilateral relations between nations, too, Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták said at a business forum held for Italian and Hungarian construction companies in Budapest.
In the first round, Hungary is to apply for Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds with 17 transport development investments. The investments with total costs of HUF 150 bn, submitted in early March 2015, include the construction of the Danube bridge in Komárom, the modernisation of the railway line between Kelenföld and Százhalombatta, the development of water transport security and the establishment of the first liquidised natural gas (LNG) fuelling stations in Hungary.
In mid February, the European Commission approved both Hungarian Operational Programmes worked out under the supervision of the Ministry of National Development. Within the Integrated Transport Development Operational Programme (ITOP) and the Environment and Energy Efficiency Operational Programme (EEEOP), funding in total of more than HUF 2,000 bn can be applied for in 2014-2020.