Support the Hungarian government provides ethnic Hungarian communities outside of the country’s borders benefits the entire Carpathian Basin, House Speaker László Kövér said in an interview published on business website azuzlet.hu. To preserve ethnic Hungarian communities outside of Hungary, those communities need to be livable for young people, which requires support for workplaces, kindergartens, an environment of professional support and social opportunities, Kövér said. He noted that funding from the government’s Carpathian Basin Economic Development Programme had supported more than 50,000 development projects worth some 200 billion forints (EUR 593m) in recent years. Hungary has done much to create a common economic area in the region, he added. He said an increasing number of Hungarian professionals, from Hungary and from minority communities, are returning home to start businesses, capitalising on experience gained abroad.