Vol. 1, No. 92, 11 August 1997
HUNGARIAN PRIME MINISTER ON EU INTEGRATION. In an
interview with Hungarian Radio on 10 August, Gyula Horn said his
country's top priority is how to come closer to meeting EU standards.
He noted that Hungary's per capita GDP is only 37 percent of the EU
average, while income levels are three times lower than the EU average.
According to the premier, the European Commission's recent report on
Hungary is accurate, with the exception on the chapter on corruption,
which, he said, is not a Central European but a global phenomenon.
ROMANIAN DEFENSE MINISTER CANCELS VISIT TO
HUNGARY. Victor Babiuc has canceled a visit to Hungary scheduled
for 11 and 12 August, "Magyar Hirlap" reported. The Romanian
Defense Ministry gave no explanation for Babiuc's decision. Sources
quoted by the Budapest daily said he had been unhappy about the
program planned for him in Budapest, since he would have been unable
to meet with many politicians owing to the summer holidays. According
to Romanian sources, Babiuc was to sign an agreement with his
Hungarian counterpart, Gyoergy Keleti, on military cooperation.
Copyright (c) 1997 RFE/RL, Inc.
All rights reserved.