The Hungarian government’s programme to promote ethnic Hungarian companies in neighbouring countries has been “definitely successful”, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after meeting leaders of Slovakia’s Hungarian MKP party in Bratislava, and added that the scheme would be continued.
At a press conference held jointly with MKP head József Menyhárt, Szijjártó said that the government had allocated 10 billion forints (EUR 31.2m) to components of the programme in southern Slovakia’s Hungarian community this year, mostly with regard to large agricultural projects. He added that 49 applications have been submitted, and winners will have been selected by the end of May.
The talks touched upon a Slovak law under which the Hungarian anthem cannot be sung in public, and MKP’s launching a petition against the contested legislation. Szijjártó noted that the Slovak president has vetoed the “anthem law” and voiced hope that once the law is amended Hungarians in Slovakia could freely use ethnic symbols.