Hungary-Romania relations showing signs of improvement, says head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee
Bucharest (MTI) – After five years, relations between Hungary and Romania are showing signs of improvement, Zsolt Németh, head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, told Hungarian public media on Thursday after a two-day visit to Bucharest.
Over the course of his visit, Németh met Romanian foreign ministry state secretary Alexandru Micula, former Foreign Minister Lázár Comanescu, Iulian Fota, director of Romania’s National Intelligence College as well as several ruling party and opposition politicians, to discuss the state of Hungarian-Romanian ties.
Németh noted that Romania’s parliament had recently passed a law that permits the use of Hungarian language in health-care institutions.
In his talks with his Romanian partners, Németh discussed the need to restart certain existing mechanisms of Hungary and Romania’s partnership. He said the Hungarian-Romanian mixed economic committee could meet over the course of the spring, adding that the mixed committee for minority affairs could also hold a session soon.
Németh said the two countries hold similar positions on foreign policy and European matters, regional cooperation as well as transatlantic relations, which he said was an excellent starting point to improving bilateral cooperation.
Németh also met and held talks with Hunor Kelemen, the leader of Romania’s ethnic Hungarian RMDSZ party, during his visit.