EU - Hungary: extracts joint press briefing by José Manuel BARROSO EC President and Gordon BAJNAI, Prime Minister of Hungary
Première transmission: 28/04/2009
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 28/04/2009
After bilateral talks with new Hungarian Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai on Hungarian economic difficulties, José Manuel Barroso, EC President, said that the new government is taking the right steps to turn its economy around.
The President of the European Commission told journalists that Brussels particularly welcomes the measures announced regarding the promotion of increase activity in Hungary.
The Prime Minister said that Hungary needs rapid tax cuts and reform of its costly pension system. I have also explained to the President that we have not much time to waste, he added.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the joint press briefing
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (in ENGLISH): We believe Hungary is taking now the right steps to turn this (economy) around and achieve sustainable growth and jobs in the future. I particularly welcome the measures announced regarding the promotion of increase activity in Hungary.
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||SOUNDBITE by Gordon Bajnai, Hungarian Prime Minister (in ENGLISH): What Hungary needs is not simply to reduce short-term costs, we need to do that, but we need to do that by measures which are of structural nature which will put Hungary on a long-term growth path. For example, the reforms around the pension system in Hungary which will have a long-term lasting impact are particularly important. Also measures that are boosting activity in Hungary and that will help the low-skilled labour to have much higher employment ratio in Hungary. Tax reduction which will help Hungary to create more jobs and grow faster in the coming years. These are the pillars of the measures that the government has initiated. I have also explained to the President that we have not much time to waste. We have submitted some of these measures to the parliament as we speak. It is our intention that at the prolonged session of the Hungarian parliament we would accomplish most of the major legislative initiatives in the first half of this year so that Hungary can show and prove to the outside world that Hungary understands the message of this crisis and is ready to act on it.
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||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): I do not agree with the idea that Hungary is now negative regarding the EU. In fact we see constant support of the EU. And in fact the figures of growth of Hungary over the last ten or twenty years would have been impossible without EU membership of the prospect of the EU membership. I think that we can be proud of what we have been doing for Hungary. Now there is a specific difficulty. Thus is a serious situation. No one is pretending otherwise. Prime Minister was very open in the analysis of the situation. It is a very serious economic situation the one Hungary is facing. Other countries also in Europe are in a similar position. But it is fair to say that the EU is part of the solution to that. In fact we are showing in very concrete terms, not only in words, our solidarity.
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