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Slovakia and Hungary to have more border crossings

Two new crossing points may be built on the border between Slovakia and Hungary, while many of the existing ones will be reconstructed. This is a result of the bilateral meeting between Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán, held in Budapest on July 2.

Two new crossing points may be built on the border between Slovakia and Hungary, while many of the existing ones will be reconstructed. This is a result of the bilateral meeting between Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán, held in Budapest on July 2.

Both PMs agreed it is not ideal that there are some distances of as much as 25 kilometres on average between the individual border crossings between Hungary and Slovakia. They said they would like to see reductions in the distance, with one border crossing every 5-7 kilometres, as reported by the TASR newswire.

In this respect, representatives of Slovak regional governments and Hungarian counties in the border area have signed a memorandum on developing infrastructure on the Slovak-Hungarian border. Specific projects aimed at boosting infrastructure will be financed from European funds allocated for the 2014-20 budgetary period, TASR wrote.

Fico and Orbán also discussed the economic ties of the two countries, which remain despite the economic crisis.

“We have signed key documents that will have a significant impact on Slovakia and Hungary in the foreseeable future,” Fico said, as reported by TASR, adding he is delighted by the existence of such lively relations. “Last year, for example, saw an 11-percent rise year-on-year in the volume of goods exported from Slovakia to Hungary. This only confirms that we are countries that are capable of close cooperation.”

The PM signed a memorandum on cooperation between the governments, as well as a memorandum of understanding between the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency (HITA) and the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO), a memorandum of understanding between Slovakia’s Association of Electro-technical Industry (ZEP) and the Hungarian Electro-technical Association (MEE), and a memorandum on support for developing public road communications crossing both countries between 2014-20.

Fico also said that during the meeting they discussed tariffs for gas transfers via pipelines between Hungary and Slovakia, as reported by TASR.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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