Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu (photo R) on Thursday received the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, in the context of his visit to Bucharest, in preparation for the Romania-Hungary Joint Economic Commission .
According a press release issued by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) during the meeting, issues of priority interest on the bilateral agenda were discussed, as well as the developments in the two states related to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister Bogdan Aurescu reiterated the Romanian side’s desire to develop and strengthen its relationship with Hungary in all areas of common interest, in accordance with the 1996 Political Treaty and the Declaration on Romanian-Hungarian Cooperation and Strategic Partnership for 21st Century Europe of 2002. In turn, Minister Péter Szijjártó expressed the openness of the Hungarian side to relaunch the relationship with Romania in all areas, by carrying out projects of mutual interest.
Thus, both dignitaries highlighted the increased interest in boosting bilateral economic cooperation, including mutual investment and trade. In this regard, Ministers Bogdan Aurescu and Péter Szijjártó welcomed the organization of a new session of the Joint Economic Commission in Budapest in the coming period, and stressed the need to advance discussions in order to create a Romanian-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce as soon as possible in Budapest. At the same time, the two dignitaries welcomed the deepening of the sectoral cooperation in the field of transport, being evoked the inauguration, by the two ministers, in September 2020, of the A3-M4 highway connection, as well as the interest for the connection / express road between Satu Mare – Oar (Romania) and Mátészalka – Csenger (Hungary). The Bucharest-Budapest high-speed railway project was also addressed during the discussions.
The two ministers also agreed to push for the completion of two other projects still under discussion, so that it will be possible to sign, as soon as possible, the Protocol of the 8th session of the Romanian-Hungarian Specialty Committee for Collaboration in the Problems of National Minorities and finalization of the negotiations regarding the establishment of two border crossing points at Variaşu Mic – Dombegyhaza and Border Guard – Elek.
Regarding the “Transylvania Economic Development Program”, Minister Bogdan Aurescu recalled the joint commitment, from May 2020, for the negotiation of an international agreement setting out the parameters on the basis of which this program financed from the Hungarian state budget and other similar programs can be implemented on the Romanian territory.
During the discussions, the Romanian side also referred to the expectations related to the involvement of the Hungarian authorities in ensuring the identity rights of persons belonging to the Romanian minority in Hungary, the need for quality education in Romanian, through adequate funding being also addressed in discussions, so that the ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious identity of the persons belonging to the Romanian minority is preserved and promoted, the MAE release shows.
Romania’s Energy Min Popescu, Hungarian Minister Szijjarto emphasize need to develop bilateral relations between the two states, especially in the field of energy
Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu had a working meeting on Thursday with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary, Peter Szijjarto, during which the emphasis was placed on the need to develop bilateral relations between the two states, especially in the field of energy.
“Specifically, we talked about the Black Sea gas, the BRUA pipeline and the Hungarian perspective on this important project, given that we want to find viable solutions for the diversification of food and transport sources, in order to strengthen energy security. We agreed to intensify the dialogue in order to collaborate on the discussions that will take place at the level of the European Union in order to meet the objectives of the transition to clean energy, using a technologically neutral diversified energy mix,” Virgil Popescu wrote on Facebook.
The meeting was also attended by E.S. Ambassador Zakonyi Botond and Secretary of State Mosoczi Laszlo on behalf of Hungary and Secretaries of State Dan Dragan, Niculae Havrilet and representative with special tasks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for energy security Cristian Badescu, on behalf of Romania.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Catalin Drula met on Thursday, at the Ministry of Transport, with Peter Szijjarto, the two officials discussing the very good collaboration between Romania and Hungary in the field of transport and transport infrastructure, including in the period characterized by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, they addressed issues of common interest related to bilateral cooperation in the field of transport and transport infrastructure, with particular emphasis on investment projects in road and rail infrastructure, road transport, reduction of border waiting times for rail transport, and also transport on the Danube.
The 8th session of the Joint Romanian-Hungarian Inter-Governmental Commission for Economic Cooperation, expected to take place in the first part of April 2021, in Budapest, was also reviewed.