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Cooperation with Baden-Wuerttemberg is important because the state represents an engine of European innovation and joint efforts can contribute to boosting Europe’s competitiveness, the minister of innovation and technology said. After two years, the mixed committee of Hungary and Baden-Wuerttemberg held a plenary session in Budapest. László Palkovics said after the meeting that relations between Hungary and Baden-Wuerttemberg were strong. “We understand each other’s language, which is important because Hungary’s economy is multiply linked to Germany’s,” he said. Cooperation is significant especially in the areas of the economy, education, science and environmental protection, he added.
Palkovics said the mixed committee was originally set up 30 years ago and has been working well ever since. A new element of cooperation is innovation, he added, noting that Baden-Wuerttemberg was a big spender on R, D and I. Commenting on education, Palkovics said willingness had been expressed at the meeting to further develop the Andrássy Gyula German Language University of Budapest.