Meeting of V4 and Juncker was a success

Thursday, October 19, 2017

According to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s evaluation, the Wednesday meeting of the Visegrád countries (V4) and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker was successful, fruitful and useful, János Lázár, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office said at the press conference Governmentinfo 101 which he held jointly with Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács.

The Minister said: the Prime Minister was of the opinion that the V4 countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) expressed concordant views on every issue, and they managed to demonstrate to the President of the Commission that this is a close, effective and successful cooperation. At the working dinner, Hungary, together with its V4 partners, stressed that there cannot be double standards between the Western and Eastern Member States. The application of double standards vis-a-vis the Central-European countries is a daily practice on the Commission’s part: „what is allowed in the West is forbidden in the East”.

Mr Orbán also spoke about the Ukrainian education legislation, and asked Mr Juncker to take firm action on the matter so that students learning in Hungarian should continue to have the rights they formerly had, Mr Lázár stated. He added: in the interest of the protection of the interests of minorities, all laws must be repealed which discriminate against them. He remarked: the Hungarian Prime Minister will also raise the issue at the meeting of the Presidency of the European People’s Party and at the meeting of the European Council. It is the Government’s duty to protect every Hungarian in the Carpathian Basin, he stressed.



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