Daily News | Nov 4, 2018 | 2
Conference of Centrist Democrat International held in Budapest
Christian culture is a treasure and it needs to be preserved, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday at the conference of Centrist Democrat International (CDI) in Budapest, an international political group dedicated to the promotion of Christian Democrat values.
CDI is an organisation of Christian origin which considers human dignity the basis of politics, Orbán told a press conference. This is important because the search for identity is in the centre of political debate everywhere in the world, especially in Europe where migration has further intensified the issue, he added.
The meeting in Budapest decided to set up the youth arm of CDI, parties from the Caucasus moved closer to the organisation, new members were accepted from Latin America and central Europe and the majority of Hungarian parties from the region joined as members, Orbán said.
The CDI meeting in Budapest is expected to give significant impetus to the growth of the organisation, as well as central European integration, with special regard to the Western Balkans. The aim is to integrate parties from as many countries as possible and “decisions regarding this were made today”, he said.
CDI Secretary General Antonio Lopez-Isturiz, an MEP from Spain, said all member organisations of CDI fully stand by Orbán and the ruling Fidesz party at the upcoming general elections in Hungary.
The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) was accepted as a full member of CDI. In his comment on the accession, RMDSZ head Hunor Kelemen wrote that the party aims to “let the voice of the Hungarian community be heard on international forums and contribute to the development of international policies.”