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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks with Mathias Cormann, head of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in his office on Monday, the PM’s press chief said. Cormann is on an official visit to Hungary at the invitation of Finance Minister Mihály Varga, who also attended Monday’s meeting. State secretary for financial affairs Gábor Gion said in an op-ed in the daily Magyar Nemzet on Monday that the OECD secretary-general’s visit was an “excellent opportunity” for the Hungarian government to express its views on the most important issues and learn about the coming economic challenges. Gion highlighted climate change and the transition to a carbon-neutral world as two of the most critical issues following the economic recovery.
Orbán also met Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission, for talks on topical European and economic affairs, the prime minister’s press chief said. The discussion focused on post-pandemic economic recovery, the competitiveness of European industry, the prospects of developing vehicle and battery production in Hungary, and promoting the spread of e-mobility. The meeting was attended by Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics.