Orban discusses EU cohesion policies with Romanian president
1 June 2012
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Romanian President Traian Basescu held talks on the future of the European Union's cohesion funds in Bucharest, incoming state secretary for foreign affairs and economy at the Prime Minister's Office said on Friday.
Orban, who attended a summit meeting of Central and Eastern European prime ministers, met the Romanian president in his office, Peter Szijjarto told MTI.
It is a priority for both countries that the EU's cohesion funds granted to the region should not decrease, Orban and Basescu concluded.
The two politicians also discussed current bilateral issues in a tete-a-tete consultation, Szijjarto said.
A week ago Romanian minister of parliamentary relations Mircea Dusa said the summit would give a good opportunity for Orban and his Romanian counterpart Victor Ponta to clarify disputes over the planned re-burial of the remains of Hungarian writer Jozsef Nyiro in Romania's Transylvania.
Although the Hungarian side had made it clear that a bilateral meeting of the prime ministers was not on the agenda, the Romanian press interpreted the "absence" of an Orban-Ponta meeting today as a refusal by the Hungarian side.
Szijjarto said Orban had not received any initiative for a bilateral consultation with his Romanian counterpart but he assured Ponta at the farewell handshake that he would be prepared for that at any time.
In response to questions by Romanian press Ponta made clear that none of them initiated a bilateral meeting.
Text: mti, Photographer: Miniszterelnökség/Barna Burger
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