The Joint Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Hungarian Commission on Economic Cooperation will consider specific cooperation projects already early March in Budapest. This will be the first sitting of the commission after a seven-year pause.
This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba at a joint briefing with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó following the results of a bilateral meeting.
Dmytro Kuleba and Péter Szijjártó are co-chairs of the Joint Ukrainian-Hungarian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation.
"Together with our Hungarian colleagues, we share a common goal to improve relations between Ukraine and Hungary and to make Zakarapattya‘s well-being a story of success for both countries. We do not have a minute to waste to achieve this goal, and we will hold a bilateral commission meeting in March after a seven-year break," Dmytro Kuleba said.
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that the commission will meet in Budapest within a month to discuss specific joint projects on the development of border infrastructure, the development of cross-border cooperation, environmental protection, and energy.
"The Hungarian government is interested in restoring good neighborly relations with Ukraine. We want to discuss several ambitious projects in Budapest in March: agree on the construction of at least one border crossing point, use of a €50 million credit line allocated by Hungary for infrastructure projects in Ukraine, agree on development-related projects agriculture and health, to achieve results in the negotiations on the recognition of academic diplomas of the two countries," the Foreign Minister of Hungary said.
Péter Szijjártó stressed that Hungary plans to continue providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, to continue programs to develop the economy and to assist educational and cultural organizations in Zakarpattya region.
Dmytro Kuleba noted that the Ukrainian side highly appreciates the humanitarian assistance provided by Hungary in Donbas region, and especially praises the friendly gesture of the Hungarian side on the organization of treatment of Ukrainian servicemen and rehabilitation of children of families of ATO / JFO participants.
The sides also touched upon the protection of the rights of national minorities, including Ukrainians of Hungarian descent in Zakarpattya region. According to Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine is committed to its international obligations to protect the rights of national minorities. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó stressed that the Hungarian side understands the desire of the Ukrainian government to ensure a proper level of command of the state language by all Ukrainian citizens, but also wants to ensure the Ukrainians of Hungarian descent in Zakarpattya are able to preserve the Hungarian language. According to him, these two goals are not mutually exclusive, and it is quite possible to achieve them simultaneously.