Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister Office, and Justice Minister Judit Varga on Thursday launched a career programme at Budapest’s National Public Service University (NKE). Representing Hungarian interests is vitally important in the European Union which functions effectively only if those interests are clearly defined, Gulyás said. In order for Hungary to represent its interests effectively in the EU it must be familiar with the EU’s operation and rules, he said, adding that effective representation of national interests require people who have a clear concept of their own national identity.
Varga said at the event that “Europe would be weak without strong nation states”. A European community can only be successful in the long term if its member states “honestly and proudly” stand by their own interests, she said. It is therefore key that Hungary has professionals who believe in an EU based on the close cooperation of nation states and in the future of a sovereign Hungary, she said.