Central Europe has a good chance of becoming a winner in the new world order taking shape in the wake of the novel coronavirus epidemic, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Wadowice, in southern Poland, on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Visegrad Group meeting of foreign ministers, Szijjártó noted the solidarity exhibited by the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia during the pandemic. Despite the challenges, ties had strengthened, he added.

In the post-pandemic world, countries that offer investment-friendly economies will have a competitive edge,

he said. Companies may weigh optimising production ahead of reopening; they will be drawn to countries offering low taxes, political stability and good infrastructure, Szijjártó said.

The Visegrad countries have good foundations for that role and must maintain reasonable economic policies and a secure economic environment to become winners in the competition, he added.

The pandemic has also highlighted new arguments for EU enlargement, Szijjártó said.

If the bloc is to assume a position of power in the new world order, it will have to expand, he said, calling for the speedy integration of Serbia and Montenegro.

Foreign Ministers Jacek Czaputowitz of Poland, Tomas Petricek of the Czech Republic and Ivan Korcok of Slovakia have also attended the event.

Source: MTI

  1. I disagree with Mr. Szijjarto. In my opinion Central ( central only geographically, politically it remains ” Eastern ” i.e. illiberal ) Europe, or Višegrad Europe, is the old world: ageing population, young people emigrating, high corruption at all levels of society, autocratic regimes, narrow-minded policies, zero Green vision, oligarchs’ power. The motto of those in charge of governance in Višegrad seems to be: live for today and grab as much as you can.
    Fresh energies are missing.

  2. No one in their right mind gives a DAMN about Mario’s opinions.

    He has shown himself to be a rabid SOCIALIST who absolutely HATES the fact that nations in Central Europe – once under the control of his true idol JOSEF STALIN – have emerged from the oppressive yoke of Marxism / Socialism / Communism to become Europe’s true driving force.

    Mario’s political masters in Brussels should dispense with his ‘services’ because everyone can now see through his – and their – nonsense / lies.

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