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ForMin Melescanu meets Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó: Romania is interested in cooperating with Visegrad Group countries

Romania will participate in a week, in Budapest, in the meeting of the countries of the Visegrad Group, our country being interested in the cooperation with these states, Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said on Monday in western Cluj-Napoca, after a working meeting with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó.

“With Hungary’s taking over the Presidency and tackling some topics that are of interest to Romania as well, such as the Balkans, we obviously have been invited to participate [in the meetings of the Visegrad Group]. In general, as a matter of practice, we participate whenever there are topics of interest to our country,” said Minister Melescanu.

In his turn, Hungary’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó said that both the countries in the Visegrad group and Romania are recording a higher economic growth than the European average. The Hungarian minister has stated that under these conditions the collaboration relations are supposed to be tightened.

Our interest is for Romania to have a prosperous economy, as 5pct of Hungarian exports is coming to Romania. The better the economy of Romania works, the more we import.

We hope that the economic actors in Romania will be interested in Hungary. We have opened a 510 million-euro credit framework at the Hungarian Exim Bank to finance the bilateral co-operation between Hungarian and Romanian companies. Tightening the cooperation between the Visegrad countries and Romania is a pragmatic interest, not mentioning the fact that Romania also supports the enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans, Szijjártó said.

The two foreign ministers held a meeting on Monday at the Babes-Bolyai University’s Faculty of European Studies (UBB), with each of them having participated in the opening of the academic year of the Romanian line and the Hungarian one of the university in Cluj-Napoca.


Hungary’s ForMin Szijjarto: Priority to high speed train Budapest – Bucharest project


The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto communicated on Monday in western Cluj-Napoca that the transport connections between Romania and Hungary will upgrade in the future years with a new motorway and a new high speed train.

The Hungarian Minister Peter Szijjarto and his Romanian counterpart, Teodor Melescanu, participated together in Cluj-Napoca in a press conference at the Faculty of European Studies of Babes-Bolyai University (UBB).

A piece of good news is that by 2020 we shall double the number of connections through motorways between Hungary and Romania, we now have one and we will have two. This is not a pride-worthy situation for us, but we hope that out of the provisional ten border check points, we might have two official border points in the future. In Europe, it is the railway transport infrastructure that is mainly developing. We consider that the project of a high speed train to connect Budapest to Bucharest through Cluj must be a priority. So probably, in a first stage, Budapest will be connected to Cluj, and in a second phase, the two will be linked by a high speed train, the Hungarian minister said.

According to him, a project on energy security is underway, so that in 2022 the transport of 4.4 billion cubic metres of gas will be possible between the two countries.

And another good piece of news, with regard to energy security, due to our system operators’ cooperation, in 2019 we will already have the possibility to transport natural gas from Romania to Hungary and in 2022 the transport of 4.4 billion cubic metres of gas will be possible between Hungary and Romania, Peter Szijjarto further said.

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