Hungarian PM Orbán to meet Chinese Premier in Budapest

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is travelling to Brussels on Thursday to attend the 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit of the European Union, the head of the PM’s press office told state newswire MTI on Thursday. The summit gives Orbán a chance to conduct further consultations about the new education law of Ukraine which seriously curtails minority right, he added.
Hungarian PM Orbán to meet Chinese Premier in Budapest
The EaP was launched in 2009 to promote political association and economic integration between the EU and the six Eastern European partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The previous EaP summit took place in Riga on 21-22 May 2015. “It reconfirmed the strategic importance the EU attaches to the partnership and demonstrated a firm determination to pursue closer, tailor-made relations with the six partner countries," the European Council said on the website of the summit.

At Friday’s summit, heads of state or government from the EU member states and the six Eastern partner countries will look forward to future cooperation. They will also take stock of what has been achieved since the Riga summit, focusing on the tangible benefits delivered to the citizens of the six Eastern Partnership countries.
The summit will discuss how to further strengthen cooperation in the four priority areas agreed in Riga:
  • stronger economy: economic development and better market opportunities
  • stronger governance: strengthening of institutions and good governance
  • stronger connectivity: enhancing interconnections, notably in the areas of transport and energy
  • stronger society: increasing mobility and contacts between people.

Havasi said events of the “record year" of Hungarian diplomacy will continue come Sunday, when one of the most important leaders of the world, China’s prime minister, will arrive in Hungary.

Li Keqiang will be heading the “16+1" co-operation summit between 16 Central and Eastern European economies and China on Monday in Budapest.

On Tuesday, Viktor Orbán and Li Keqiang will hold an official intergovernmental talk, and further bilateral consultations will take place with the premiers of several CEE countries, Havasi added.

Front page photo by MTI Photo /Prime Minister’s Office / Balázs Szecsődi

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