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Minister Kulhánek met with his counterpart in Budapest, the main topics were travel and the economy
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Minister Kulhánek met with his counterpart in Budapest, the main topics were travel and the economy

 

On Tuesday, 11 May 2021, Minister of Foreign Affairs Jakub Kulhánek (ČSSD) visited Hungary, where he met with the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó. The talks focused on the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, migration, relations with Russia and economic cooperation between the two countries.

Despite frequent contacts between the respective foreign ministers at various summits, this was the first bilateral visit of the Czech Foreign Minister to Budapest in eight years. The ministers also discussed current issues within the EU, but also the V4 and C5 groups – cooperation between cities and municipalities, energy and infrastructure projects and EU enlargement. They also talked about the railway corridor on the territory of the V4, which is to connect Budapest, Bratislava, Brno and Warsaw. Special space was devoted to current relations with Russia, during which Minister Kulhánek expressed thanks for Hungary's support.

Due to the significant amount of trade between the two countries, the support of Czech companies and their investments in Hungary was also an important point of discussion. Last year, Czechia exported goods worth EUR 5.6 billion, and there are many successful Czech companies operating in Hungary, such as Alza, Škoda and Ravak.

Last but not least, both partners discussed the possible renewal of travel within Europe, where the priority is a pan-European solution to travel with a single document, the so-called Covid Passport.  "Nothing is preventing us from doing our best during May and June to achieve the freest and, most importantly, safe travel of Czech citizens," Minister Kulhánek said. "We are negotiating agreements with individual states, based on which citizens who have already been vaccinated can cross borders without any problems."

"People really deserve a holiday abroad after a year and a half," he added. "Our goal is also to have agreements in place with the most popular destinations such as Greece and Croatia as soon as possible."

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Minister Kulhánek met with his counterpart in Budapest, the main topics were travel and the economy

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