EC Interested in 'Successful' Hungarian Presidency of Council

Int’l Relations

The European Commission is interested in a "successful" Hungarian presidency of the Council of the European Union, EU Affairs Minister János Bóka said on the X social media platform on Tuesday, after a meeting with EC Secretary-General Ilze Juhansone in Brussels, according to news agency MTI.

Bóka's ministry said important issues on the EU agenda, including preparations for the Hungarian presidency of the Council in the second half of 2024, were the focus of the talks.

He also met with Hadja Lahbib, Belgium's minister in charge of EU affairs, and Skander Nasra, the diplomatic advisor to Belgium's prime minister.

Belgium will take over the rotating Council presidency in the first half of 2024 from Spain, the first member of the Spanish-Belgian-Hungarian "trio".

"We agreed that a successful Belgian EU presidency contributes to the success of [the] Hungarian EU presidency. We are interested in good cooperation among our presidencies," Bóka said on X.

His ministry said Hungary would strive to continue the work started by the Spanish and Belgian presidencies "according to its own priorities" and would seek close cooperation with Belgium and the EC.

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