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With a vested interest in the success of the Croatian EU presidency in the first half of 2020, Hungary is prepared to share its related experience with Croatia, the head of the Hungarian parliament’s EU affairs committee said in Zagreb after meeting Croatian parliamentary officials. Richárd Hörcsik, an MP of ruling Fidesz, met Domagoj Ivan Milošević, head of the Croatian EU affairs committee, Deputy House Speaker Željko Reiner, Pero Ćosić, head of the committee for navigation, transport and infrastructure, and Zdravka Bušić, the state secretary in charge of preparations for the Croatian EU presidency.

Hörcsik stressed the need to strengthen cooperation between the central European nations “in the fight regarding the EU budget for 2021-2027″, noting that the EU is mulling cutting agriculture and cohesion funding. Hungary and Croatia should continue to cooperate within the Friends of Cohesion group to ensure that cohesion funds are not curbed, Hörcsik told MTI over the phone. Those monies are indispensable for the infrastructure projects planned in the region such as the development of border crossings, motorways and railways between the two countries, he said. Hörcsik confirmed that Hungary would be ready to support Croatia’s accession to the Schengen area in 2020 once that country has met the professional and technical requirements.