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FM meets French counterpart

Foreign Minister Ferenc Somogyi had talks with Philippe Douste-Blazy, his French counterpart, in Paris on Thursday. The parties agreed that cohesion between member states was a fundamental value in the European Union's 2007-2013 budgeting period. Efforts to increase competitiveness must not compromise the community's social cohesion, Somogyi told journalists after the talks. Both France and Hungary are in agreement that no changes should be implemented in the EU's agricultural policy or in relevant subsidies, said Somogyi. Any such changes would necessitate an amendment to Hungary's EU association agreement, he added. France is not preparing to lift restrictions concerning Hungarian nationals seeking employment in the country, Douste-Blazy said during the talks. He added, however, that his government was aware of Hungary's position and work was underway to define a provisional solution to the issue.