At the 18th plenary session of the Hungarian Standing Conference held on Friday morning in the Castle Garden Bazaar, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the need for Hungarian ethnic parties, the economic development of territories with Hungarian populations in the Carpathian Basin and the protection of the self-identity of Hungarian communities, Bertalan Havasi, the Deputy State Secretary heading the Press Office of the Prime Minister informed the Hungarian news agency MTI.

In his introductory address, the Prime Minister said after the debates and experiments of recent years, it has been ascertained beyond doubt that mixed parties cannot, meaning that only purely Hungarian ethnic parties are able to adequately represent the interests of Hungarian communities in the neighbouring countries.

Therefore, on behalf of the motherland, Mr Orbán reassured representatives of the organisations attending the meeting of the Hungarian Standing Conference of the government’s continued support, highlighting that, in addition to political cooperation, they are paying ever more attention to the economic development programmes of Hungarian-inhabited territories which are equally good and valuable for Hungary, the given neighbouring country, members of the majority nation living there and the Hungarian minority.

The Prime Minister highlighted that it is important to make our neighbours understand that Hungary’s national and economic development is not a threat but, on the contrary, an opportunity for them, and this development increases the significance of Central Europe in the European Union.