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Government preparations for Hungary's European Union presidency are going "full steam ahead", with a focus on developing Europe's economy and strengthening competitiveness, the minister for European Union affairs said on Friday.

János Bóka told a press conference on the sidelines of an international meeting held in Parliament, dubbed “Next Generation is Female”, that demographic challenges, the subject of the meeting, would also be on the agenda. Central Europe is seeking its own solutions to demographic challenges, and the relevant policies are the competency of member states, he said. Hungary is in the process of identifying common challenges and assessing how European policies can be put to use in handling them, he added.
Judit Varga, the head of parliament’s European affairs committee, said that 2024 would be “a European year in Hungary”, with the presidency starting on July 1. Europe is made up not only of EU institutions but also of member states, which makes dialogue essential, she added.
Attending the meeting are Karoline Edtstadler, Austria’s federal minister for the EU and the constitution, Croatian state secretary for Europe Andreja Metelko-Zgombić, Romanian state secretary for EU affairs Daniela Anda Grigore Gitman, and Poland’s deputy state secretary for EU affairs Karolina Rudzińska.