The European Parliament’s conservative party groups and MEPs of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz have signed a cooperation agreement on tightening their ties, Balázs Hidvéghi, a Fidesz MEP, said in Strasbourg. The signatories including members of the European Conservatives and Reformists group (ECR) and the Identity and Democracy group will be able to act jointly in the European political arena, he told Hungarian journalists. The signatories have defined challenges posed by illegal migration, energy security and the security and the standard of living as the main focus areas, Hidvéghi said. Fidesz MEP Ernő Schaller-Baross said the agreement was the first example of several conservative political parliamentary parties, groups and MEPs coming together to define areas of cooperation. “Cooperation is particularly important, because there is a hegemony of left-wing opinion in the European Parliament which the signatories of the agreement want to break,” Schaller-Baross said.