The Ambassador of Hungary, H.E. Judith Lang was among the invited speakers. As a special guest, on the Bulgarian side, the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Rosen Plevneliev delivered a speech about the expectations and attitudes of the Bulgarian government, regarding the forthcoming period.
Ms. Lang stated that promoting the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to Schengen is among the leading priorities of the forthcoming Hungarian presidency. In addition, a special attention will be given to issues concerning the integration of Roma people and the adoption of European policies aimed at the improvement of the social conditions under which they live.
With regard to economic development, Ambassador Lang stressed on the need for continuity in consolidating Europe’s economy and facilitating job creation. The Hungarian government will also concentrate on the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, the energy and common agricultural policies, and on the Danube Strategy.
Ms. Lang said that, with respect to Bulgaria’s Schengen entry, the Hungarian presidency is committed to the process and that it is not necessary to set up a firm deadline. Setting up deadlines would be unproductive, as Bulgaria and Romania made significant efforts towards meeting the criteria and they continue to do so, added the ambassador. H.E. also promised that all the energy, necessary to achieve progress, will be invested. In this direction, the Hungarian presidency will aim at ensuring a political decision by the end of June 2011. The latest assessment mission on the progress towards meeting the criteria will give important indications as well.