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Slovak MEPs write to Orban: Slovakia's borders immutable

Slovak MEPs write to Orban: Slovakia's borders immutable

A provocative act by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who wore a scarf with a map of the so-called Greater Hungary at a football match on Sunday (November 20), is out of place and against the spirit and rules on which the European Union is based, TASR was told by Slovak MEP Ivan Stefanec (KDH), whose call in response was signed by seven other Slovak MEPs from various factions.
The scarf worn by Orban incited protests from diplomats from countries neighbouring Hungary, but also caused outrage in the European Parliament (EP). Stefanec, who is the head of the Slovak delegation at the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, issued a stance on Orban's move. His statement was signed by other Slovak MEPs, not only from the EPP, but also from the Renew Europe liberal faction (RE) and the European Conservatives and Reformists group (ECR).
"The EU has been based on respect for treaties and rules, with respect for the borders of EU-member states being its basic rule. We reject Viktor Orban's senseless provocations and call on him to respect his neighbours and adhere to the rules. Slovakia's borders are immutable, and the actions of the Hungarian prime minister meaninglessly stir up tension between our countries," reads the statement co-signed by Miriam Lexmann (KDH/EPP), Vladimir Bilcik (Together/EPP), Peter Pollak (OLANO/EPP), Michal Simecka (Progressive Slovakia/RE), Martin Hojsik (Progressive Slovakia/RE), Michal Wiezik (Progressive Slovakia/RE) and Eugen Jurzyca (SaS/ECR).
According to Stefanec, the EU now more than ever needs peace, mutual respect and good neighbourly relations, not unnecessary questioning of existing borders and rules. (TASR)

Ben Pascoe, Photo: Facebook/Viktor Orban

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