Hungary regards peacemaking as a top priority and a key plank of its security, Justice Minister Bence Tuzson of Hungary said in Luxembourg on Friday, 20 October. Minister Tuzson spoke to Hungarian journalists on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union justice ministers. He went on to state that his country stood by everyone hit by the latest flare-up of terrorism.
‘Hungary considers it extremely important to fight terrorism in all areas, including terrorism that has flared up in Europe,’
Answering a question on Hungary’s judicial reform, the minister said: ‘Hungary has successfully concluded all relevant talks and closed the issue.’ The Hungarian government had taken all necessary measures and answered all questions by the European Commission, he elaborated, adding that the obstacles preventing community funding from being paid out to Hungary had been removed.
Similarly, he went on to say that the Hungarian government had ‘done what it had been requested’ concerning the rule of law in the country. ‘The ball is now in the EC’s court…it is now that the body in Brussels that needs to fulfil its obligations,’ Minister Tuzson stated. He pointed out, however, that ‘we Hungarians will only meet requests that would not compromise national interests’.
Concerning the priorities for the Hungarian Council of the EU presidency in the second half of next year, Minister Tuzson said Hungary would work to ‘reinforce the legal aspects of the EU’s competitiveness’.
Sources: MTI/Hungarian Conservative