Am 08.07. besuchte Europa-Staatsminister Michael Roth die ungarische Hauptstadt. Er traf dort den Staatssekretär für EU-Angelegenheiten im Amt des Ministerpräsidenten Szabolcs Takacs. Ebenso nahm er an einer Gesprächsrunde mit verschiedenen Nicht-Regierungsorganisationen teil und informierte sich über die Arbeit der neu gegründeten Partei Momentum.
“Important to keep channels of communication open”
Minister of State Michael Roth said, “Much of what is happening in Hungary is causing us sincere concern. Hungary is a difficult partner for us at the moment. Opinion is divided on refugee policy, academic freedom, the independence of NGOs and the media, and issues relating to the rule of law. That is why it’s so important to keep channels of communication open. Together with my opposite number, Secretary of State Takács, we talked not only about subjects like the future of the EU, migration and Brexit, but also about the significance of vibrant and active civil society. My meetings with NGOs and the leaders of Momentum have been a particularly clear reminder to me of what a major role the engagement of civil society plays in a democracy.”
Defending European values
After his talks, Minister of State Roth and several other members of the diplomatic corps took part in the Budapest Pride Parade.
Minister of State Roth issued the following statement after the parade: “The Pride Parade is a beacon of tolerance, solidarity and human dignity. I was particularly impressed by the number of European flags on display. But their use does show that we mustn’t take our European values, like mutual respect and protection of minorities, for granted. These values need to be continually defended and reasserted.”