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ORBÁN: V4 STANDS A GOOD CHANCE FOR MAJOR EU POST

 

Asked about the possibility that the Visegrad Four (V4) countries may field an important EU post, Orbán said they stood “a good chance”. “For every EU position, the V4 has more than two or three candidates,” he said, adding the V4 would punch with its weight in negotiations. He said V4 has proposals with “specific names” that would be good for Hungary and central Europe as a whole. He added that names “must be handled with care” since the chances of prospective candidates could be compromised by revealing them publicly. Mid-week, V4 leaders will meet “to make the final negotiations”, Orbán said. On Sunday evening, the V4 will then make proposals in the interests of central Europe. “We have good candidates; I think they will run.”

Meanwhile, Orbán said Hungary was committed to addressing climate change alongside other countries. “We could [in principle] do this by 2030,” he said, adding that plans to realise climate goals without raising household utility bills existed. In principle, the money was also available, he said, adding that the two aims could be reconciled. But in order to commit to the 2050 target, there would have to be signs of the money being made available. “So let’s start talking about money,” he said. “If the money is there and if the EU opens up its resources for this, we can upgrade Hungary’s energy network so that families will not have to pay more. We’re open to negotiation,” he said.

Orbán noted a debate on nuclear energy was taking place. The Hungarian position, he said, was clear: “If we want to reach our climate targets, we need nuclear power.” He added that one or two countries were arguing about this but they were in a minority. The prime minister said every country had the right to decide on its nuclear power needs. Referring to Hungary’s sole nuclear power plant, he said: “‘Without Paks, there are no low energy bills.” He said the aim of regulation was to make people better off, not the other way round.