The foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, met the French foreign minister in Bratislava to discuss issues regarding the future, security and competitiveness of the European Union. At a joint press conference with his counterparts after the event, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said the most important objectives for Hungary regarding the future of the EU are reviving the bloc’s competitiveness and security.
Growth in central European countries has outstripped the EU average and its policies focusing on citizens’ security have succeeded in stemming the inflow of migrants, he said. The bloc’s competitiveness can only be maintained through a robust inner competition, Szijjártó said. Large countries should therefore refrain from passing regulations curbing the competitiveness of central and eastern European members, he added. One such regulation would be tax harmonisation, which would lead to steep tax hikes in those countries, he said.
Regarding security in Europe, Szijjártó said “it was high time” that the EU stopped “organising migration” and set about stopping it. Stopping migration is especially important now that the terrorist organisation Islamic State has been defeated and “thousands of mercenary terrorists are making their way back to Europe”, while tens of thousands of migrants are stranded in the Western Balkans, waiting for access to the EU, he said.