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 Aradszky 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.
In the EU development period of until 2020 the Hungarian Government puts greater than ever focus on consolidating the entrepreneurial sector, for which the inauguration of the Trading Office in New York will open a new gate in the United States, Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták pointed out at the inauguration ceremony of the first Hungarian Trading House in North America at the Consulate General of Hungary in New York on Tuesday.
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.
The only way for Hungary to stay on the sustainable growth path attained by serious efforts is by establishing itself in the digital age. Within the framework of the programme Digital Hungary, the Government is therefore to implement, with market players and institutions involved, info-communication development on an unexampled scale, covering the whole country – Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták announced at one of the first stations of the initiative in Nyíregyháza on 19 March, 2015.
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.
Hungary has made the necessary steps for the construction of the infrastructures ensuring bi-directional natural gas transport in the region. In addition, the country has not only attained but even surpassed the target set by the European Union according to which the electricity cross-border transmission capacity must reach at least 10% of the total built in electricity production in every EU state by 2020, Minister of State for Energy Affairs András Aradszki said at the session of the Energy Council in Brussels on 5 March, 2015.