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Foreign Minister Paet Invites Hungary to Participate in Baltic Air Policing

01.06.2011

No. 196-E

At his meeting today with János Martonyi, foreign minister of the current EU presidency Hungary, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet invited Hungary to participate in Baltic air policing. Paet said that Hungary is welcome to give its contribution to the air policing rotation. Currently Hungary has not participating in the air policing project.

In talking about bilateral relations, Paet noted that Estonia and Hungary’s relations are based on, among other things, their Finno-Ugric connection and active cultural exchange. “In 2010 a comprehensive Hungarian-Estonian dictionary was published. It would be extremely positive if an Estonian-Hungarian dictionary would also become a reality prior to the Finn-Ugric World Congress taking place in 2012,” said Paet.

Paet stated that Estonia and Hungary also co-operate closely within the framework of Schengen. Hungary represents Estonia for the issuing of visas in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Macedonia, Moldova, Pakistan, Singapore, and Istanbul.

While talking about Hungary’s EU presidency, Paet said that during Hungary’s presidency the European Union has made significant progress towards a common energy policy. “The goal is to liquidate any ‘energy islands’ by the year 2015, which will also increase Estonia’s energy security,” he added.

Paet and Martonyi agreed that Croatia’s accession to the European Union must be addressed in the near future. “Concluding negotiations with Croatia will be positive motivation for the rest of the Western Balkan countries to continue making reforms,” Paet noted.

Photo from the meeting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/5785864040/in/pho...

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