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Official stresses importance of bilateral economic relations following visit to Greece

National Economy Ministry state secretary Zsolt Becsey told MTI following a visit to Greece earlier in the week that development of bilateral economic relations between Hungary and Greece is in the interest of both countries.  

Becsey said that SMEs should occupy a central position in bilateral economic relations between Hungary and Greece, citing transportation and energy as spheres in which the two countries could develop their mutual economic activity. The ministry of national economy secretary mentioned the extension of high-speed train service to Athens from Vienna via Hungary, the development of harbors in Greece and the construction of a liquefied-gas pipeline from the Aegean port of Kavala to Hungary by way of Romania and Bulgaria as potential bilateral projects.

Becsey commented that Greek officials with whom he met agreed that the mutual opening of public-procurement markets would serve to enhance the flow of capital between emerging-market countries within the European Union.

Becsey said he and Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis decided during a meeting that the Greek-Hungarian intergovernmental working-committee would convene at the beginning of next year to formulate a concrete working plan for development of Greco-Hungarian relations.

The ministry of national economy secretary noted that he visited the 75th Thessaloniki International Fair, where he met with Greek investors who said they were gratified to see that Hungary is striving to adopt the euro as soon as possible. (MTI – Econews)