Slovak and Hungarian Prime Ministers Iveta Radičová and Viktor Orbán agreed on some issues, such as energy policy and regional co-operation, during their meeting in Bratislava on Tuesday, December 14. But there were other issues on which divergent positions emerged, according to Radičová.
“This concerns mostly the dual citizenship issue, on which Slovakia and Hungary hold diametrically opposed opinions,” Radičová told the TASR newswire. She also pointed out that mixed Slovak-Hungarian committees, agreed mutually, have already set to work. Orbán conceded that the two countries hold different opinions on some issues. He emphasised, however, that central European nations will share one fate, meaning that either all will be successful or none.
As for energy policies, Tuesday's talks brought a breakthrough in the project to create north-south connection of gas lines, intended to enhance the energy security of both countries. “The fate of Central Europe depends on whether or not we will be able to build this north-south connection,” Orbán said. Based on the bilateral agreement, every country will bear responsibility for their respective part of the line. “We stand ready to finish the building of this connection in the shortest time possible. Then the connection with Poland will come next,” added Radičová.
The last time that a Hungarian prime minister made an official visit to Slovakia was February 12, 1999. On that occasion the visiting leader was also Viktor Orbán, who came after an invitation from then-premier Mikuláš Dzurinda.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Dec 2010 at 10:00