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Parízek: With Hungary We Have a Great Cooperation

Parízek: With Hungary We Have a Great Cooperation

10.5.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Ekonomické správy | Slovensko a V4 | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE |

The working visit of Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Special Representative of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic for Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship, continued today (10 May 2019) with talks with Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Levente Magyar.

 

“Slovakia is interested in the current positive trend of bilateral relations continuing and developing. The present bilateral relations have a very good level, also thanks to the fact that both sides concentrate on pragmatic topics that connect them – the development of cross-border cooperation and infrastructure, as well as energy security,” statedParízek.

 

From the position of the Special Representative of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic for Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship, Parízek informed Minister Szijjártó about the current activities of Slovakia’s Chairmanship, the OSCE conferences organized in Slovakia on the fight against terrorism, radicalism and cyber security.  The Slovak Chairmanship is also responsible for chairing the OSCE Scales of Contributions reform talks.

 

In the area of development in the V4, there are opportunities for a deeper cooperation. In the upcoming period it is important to get also the private sector engaged in development projects.

 

The core topics of the talks with Levente Magyar, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, were the experiences in economic diplomacy, export promotion, and development cooperation, including the possibilities of interlinking them.

 

In 2018 the foreign trade between Slovakia and Hungary reached a historic level of 8.1 billion EUR, while Slovakia’s active trade balance is 0.7 billion EUR.

 

Slovakia and Hungary are interested in establishing cooperation for jointly acquiring direct foreign investment for the region of the eastern part of central Europe.  Cooperation in the development of innovation activities by means of an engagement with Hungarian associations in innovation sourcing is a positive thing. There is also a collaboration in reducing energy dependence, providing energy security, and creating a portfolio for providing energy at competitive prices.