Warsaw (MTI) – The Hungarian presidency of the Visegrad Four group (V4) will focus on enforcing EU regulations on energy safety, the foreign minister said in Warsaw on Wednesday.
Speaking before the meeting of foreign ministers of the V4 group and the six non-EU states of the Eastern Partnership, Péter Szijjártó said that the Hungarian presidency, starting in July, will focus on integrating the energy and transport systems of central and eastern Europe, and to “press member states of the region to observe EU regulations on energy safety”.
The Hungarian government defined three goals for the presidency, Szijjártó said. The country aims to conclude a framework agreement regarding gas exports from Azerbaijan to the European Union, use the Chinese “One region-one road” model in infrastructure developments and to “persuade Romania and Croatia to lift the southern energy blockade of Hungary”, he said.
Concerning a recent attack on a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team, Szijjártó said that “Hungary most resolutely condemns any form of terrorism” and wished a speedy recovery to the player injured in the blast.
“Europe must take the threat of terrorism seriously”, Szijjártó insisted, adding that the situation has “never been this serious”. “All Europe’s policies should now be aimed at restoring security for the European continent and the European people”, the minister said.