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POTÁPI: SUPPORTING UKRAINE'S EU CANDIDACY IN HUNGARY'S NATIONAL INTEREST

 

Supporting Ukraine in its endeavours to receive European Union candidate status is “in Hungary’s interest as regards its policy for Hungarian communities abroad,” János Árpád Potápi, state secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, said on Tuesday. It is in Hungary’s interest that Ukraine should be a “sovereign, balanced and democratic state governed by the rule of law in which ethnic minorities — Transcarpathian Hungarians included — live in peace and security in their homeland”, Potápi said on Facebook. The Hungarian government will support Ukraine in a vote on the matter during an EU summit set for June 23-24, the state secretary said. Also, efforts are being made to support Hungarians in Transcarpathia, with the announcement of a social programme for Transcarpathia aimed at preventing Hungarians living there from leaving their homeland and prospering locally despite the exceptionally difficult situation.