Belgrade (MTI) – Strong political representation can only be built on strong communities, Zoltán Balog, Hungary’s human resources minister, said in Subotica (Szabadka) on Friday, during a one-day visit to Serbia’s Vojvodina province.
At a press conference concluding his talks, Balog referred to VMSZ, Serbia’s largest ethnic Hungarian party, and said that cooperation between the Hungarian community and Serbia’s political institutions was crucial for Vojvodina Hungarians “to live and prosper”.
Balog noted that cooperation between Hungary and Serbia “as never been so good”, and pointed to interests shared by the two countries. He voiced hope that the region from the Baltics through the Visegrád countries to the western Balkans will become a “political-economic field of force” improving the competitiveness of the European Union.
VMSZ head István Pásztor said at the press conference that his community was expecting assistance from the Hungarian government in the fields of education, culture, and religion. He spoke highly of the Hungarian government’s efforts and said Hungarians in Vojvodina can indeed “see deeds rather than just words” in terms of support from Hungary.