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House Speaker László Kövér and Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister, have discussed illegal migration and the future of Europe. Kövér congratulated the League party’s leader on Italy’s results in thwarting maritime migration and noted that Hungary had shown that migration could be stopped on land.
On another subject, Kövér said that Hungary’s ruling Fidesz “sees its future in the European People’s Party”. Salvini and his party wish to “stay partners and allies” with Fidesz. The idea that Fidesz may quit the EPP was not raised at the talks and “Fidesz is not planning to”. The two parties share the position that the EPP should be “more open to political forces on the right, too, not only on the left”, Kövér said and argued that it could enhance EPP’s reputation and open up alternatives to voters. Salvini is scheduled to visit Hungary later in April or early May, at the invitation of Sándor Pintér, Hungary’s interior minister, Kövér said.
The speaker held had talks with Maria Elisabetta Alberta Casellati, president of the Senate, and Roberto Fico, speaker of the house of representatives focusing on ways to build closer ties between the parliaments of Hungary and Italy. During talks with Fico, a member of the Five Star Movement, Kövér urged cooperation concerning the EU’s next budget aimed at avoiding cuts to the community’s structural funds and common agricultural policy financing. He also held talks with Senator Maurizio Gasparri, delegated by Forza Italia, the head of the Senate’s immunity committee.