Political

Freedom, economy, environment and European values in the focus of the EU’s new strategic agenda

At its June meeting, the European Council set out priority areas and agreed on a new strategic agenda for the EU’s future.

The European Council released on June 20th its agenda for the next five-year term. By setting out priority areas, “A new strategic agenda 2019-2024” establishes a framework for the work of the European Council and provides guidance for other EU institutions.

The agenda focuses on four priority areas:

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June 25, 2019

Europe

Europe is the most peaceful region in the world

Global Peace Index (GPI) ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness.

The GPI covers 99.7 percent of the world’s population, measuring peacefulness according to three factors: the level of social safety and security; the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict; and the degree of militarization.

The 2019 GPI report finds that the average level of global peacefulness improved very slightly this year, the first time the index has improved in five years. According to the key findings the Middle East and North African region remained the world’s least peaceful region.

Europe remains the most peaceful region…

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June 21, 2019

Europe

Justice Ministry: Hungary’s courts among best in Europe

The Justice Scoreboard released every year by the European Commission shows trends and reforms in the court systems of Member States. In the latest edition, Hungarian courts are now ranked among Europe’s most efficient.

For monitoring justice reforms and their impact in Member States since 2013, the EU Justice Scoreboard (also know simply as the “Scoreboard”) presents an annual overview of indicators with relevance for the independence, quality and efficiency of justice, essential parameters of an effective justice system; and serves as an inspiration to EU governments, highlighting positive and negative trends in the judiciary.

The 2019 edition further develops the…

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June 12, 2019

EP Elections

After the European Parliamentary Elections: What’s next?

Over 200 million European citizens voted in the European Parliamentary elections that took place May 23-26, raising voter turnout from what was only 42.61 percent in 2014 to 51 percent this year. The new parliament will convene in its first plenary session July 2.

Prior to that first plenary session, the parliamentary political groups will hold their constitutive meetings. A political group must consist of at least 25 MEPs elected in at least one-quarter of the member states and have to notify the outgoing President of the Parliament of their formation by July 1 in order to be officially…

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June 3, 2019

Media

Freedom of speech and censorship in the 21st century

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends!

In my opening speech, I would like to defy the confining standards of political correctness, and take advantage of my freedom of thought, expression and speech.

In my speech, I would like to talk about the falsehood that there is only one Europe and only one European model of democracy; the political impotence showed by the West during the regime change following the fall of communism; the lack of understanding of the West towards Central and Eastern European countries; and attacks on freedom of the press from a relentless, liberal political activism. I would like…

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April 19, 2019

EP Elections

PM Orbán on the EP Elections: Europe’s future is at stake

The campaign for the upcoming European Parliamentary elections officially kicked off with a rally in downtown Budapest led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Minister of Justice László Trócsányi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and MEP József Szájer.

“Will Europe remain European or will we give way to the masses coming from other cultures?” PM Orbán Viktor asked in his speech, adding that “we will decide whether we protect our Christian European culture or give way to multiculturalism.”  The prime minister also presented his seven-point action plan to be set in motion after the elections, which calls for…

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April 18, 2019

Political

Speech by Viktor Orbán at the launch event for the Fidesz – KDNP European Parliament election programme

5 April 2019, Budapest

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen

As I see it I’m the odd one out, because the people who’ve spoken before me are experts in what they spoke about. Even our justice minister, who doesn’t seem at first sight to fit into that category, was an ambassador in Brussels for several years, so he can be classified as a foreign affairs expert. József Szájer is the leader of our parliamentary group in Brussels, and Péter is our foreign affairs minister. Which means I’m the odd man out. So why am I being given the chance to speak?

Dear Friends,…

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April 8, 2019

Political

MEP József Szájer’s speech honoring the 10th anniversary of the Antall József wing of the European Parliament in Brussels

Dear Mister President of the Parliament, dear General Secretary, dear Minister, dear Antall Péter, dear Ildikó, dear Klára Asszony, dear Veronika!

Today we remember the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of this building of the European Parliament named after the great European and great Hungarian Christian-Democrat, Antall József. Since I cannot be sure if I will still be around in ten years, or if I will be invited to the next, round-numbered anniversary, I will use this opportunity to say everything I want about Antall József and the building. Do not worry, I try to be brief.

Ten years is a…

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József Szájer April 4, 2019

Commemoration

We must preserve our national cultures and traditions, says Bence Tuzson in Brussels

The State Secretary for Public Service of the Prime Minister’s Office emphasized the importance of the preservation of nations at the commemoration of the 1848-49 Revolution and War for Independence in Brussels.

In 1848, the era required struggle, said State Secretary Bence Tuzson, because a nation would dissolve in an empire if it could not retain its identity.

“The revolutionaries and the freedom fighters have surely agreed on one thing: the fundamental importance of national survival,” he said.

At the event organized on March 15th by the Hungarian delegation of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament and the Magyar Hullám, Bence Tuzson stressed that the war…

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April 3, 2019

Migration

Budapest Summit on Migration

Migration has become a decisive issue in European public life today, drawing new dividing lines in politics and raising essential questions about Europe’s future. Those were some of the recurring themes at the Budapest Summit on Migration, hosted by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium.

Addressing the summit, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called for swift action to be taken on migration and border protection and also called for European unity. “We need to act now,” he said.

The prime minister cited UN data indicating that the population of Africa will rise by half a billion people in 13 years and the gap between…

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April 3, 2019