HUNGARY will announce the names of its co-chairs for the existing, joint Slovak-Hungarian commissions this autumn, or by the end of the year at the latest, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the SITA newswire.
The Hungarian government is working with individual ministries to choose its nominees.
The Slovak government approved new Slovak co-chairs of the joint Slovak-Hungarian commissions last week.
“In the case of joint commissions, it is necessary to emphasise that the two co-chairpersons have not yet been appointed,” Juraj Tomaga, head of the press department at the Slovak Foreign Ministry, told SITA.
“Only after their appointments can the joint Slovak-Hungarian commissions meet. The Slovak side is interested in doing so as soon as possible.”
Prime Minister Iveta Radičová and her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán agreed on restoring the work of the commissions at their meeting on July 20.
“We have agreed on very basic things,” Radičová said at that time. “We are restoring the work by all the joint commissions.”
She added that these will be expected to deal with controversial issues that produced tensions in the past as well as with urgent topics such as flood relief, reducing unemployment, and regional development projects.
“People should be appointed to the commissions as soon as possible; however, this is not a matter to be resolved by the prime ministers,” Radičová said, as quoted by SITA.
She also said that the commissions themselves should find constructive solutions and that the topics under their purview will not be matters for discussion by the constitutional representatives of Slovakia or Hungary.
6. Sep 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff