2011. 01. 31.
As Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán pointed out during the plenary in
Strasbourg Europe is weakened now because of the huge debts and this is a problem
can be solved if employment was increased. The Hungarian Presidency is focusing on
increasing economic growth, combating the financial crises. There is a need to renew
the Union on the basis of the EU 2020 Strategy for ensuring competitiveness in a
globalised world. Job creation is also what European citizens expect from us.
Introduce economic governance as soon as possible: A key priority for our
Presidency is to conduct the work within the Council on the discussion of the six
legislative proposals published by the Commission in this subject, and to conclude
debate of these proposals in the Council and in the relevant cases with the Parliament as
a matter of urgency so that they can be adopted by June 2011.
We need a complete recovery from the international economic crisis and that is
not possible without the increase of EU competitive power. SMEs are keys to Europe’s
competitiveness and have a significant potential to create jobs. The creation of a unitary
patent protection is a fundamentally important element of the single market. Easy
access to a more cost-effective, legally secure patent system is of utmost importance for
promoting scientific and technological advance in the Union. An internally unified
Europe is more competitive globally and more efficient in terms of external actions.
One of the greatest challenges currently facing Europe, are that of how to
achieve energy security and how to deal with climate change. Our responsibility is
enormous. Hungarian Presidency devotes special attention to water policy in the
context of climate change and it is also clear that we need to create an efficient common
energy policy and common energy market. New challenges require new policies and
meanwhile we should not forget the protection of our common European values.
For a stronger and more efficient European Union: We need to make all
efforts to continue the enlargement process of the EU and I believe the Hungarian
Presidency will do it utmost to take one step forward with each candidate country. Also
the expansion of the Schengen area with Romania and Bulgaria are included among our
aims. The Hungarian Presidency is unequivocally committed and will make every
effort to have the EU Strategy for the Danube Region endorsed by the June European
Council. The Strategy is not only aimed at fostering good neighbourly relations in the
region, but it should also consolidate the European integration process with the Western
Balkan countries. Hungarian Presidency will also lay special emphasis on Roma
integration and child poverty, which are urgent horizontal challenges.
This is the first time that two central European countries following each other
in the rotating presidency. The Hungarian and the forthcoming Polish Presidency have
an outstanding opportunity to create better cooperation between EU central European
Member States in dealing with key EU issues. Strong Europe means to build an
economically, socially, politically stronger Europe besides preserving our values.
The Lisbon Treaty gives the citizens of the Union new possibilities to make
their voices heard and the Citizens’ Initiative enabling them to express their views
directly. We now have the chance to bring Europe closer to its citizens, who would like
to live in a liveable Europe and like to feel the advantages of belonging to the Union.
Mr József SZÁJER, MEP, Vice-Chairman of EPP Group
President of the Hungarian EPP Delegation