President Amherd to visit Hungary, holder of next EU Council presidency

Press releases, 15.04.2024

In a few days’ time President Viola Amherd will travel to Hungary, which will assume the EU Council presidency in the second half of the year. The main topics for discussion at meetings with President Tamás Sulyok, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the Speaker of the National Assembly László Kövér on Friday, 19 April, will include bilateral relations between Switzerland and Hungary, European policy and the security situation in Europe. On Thursday, 18 April, Ms Amherd will give a speech on these topics at Andrássy University in Budapest.

The talks with the future EU Council presidency will focus on the ongoing negotiations between Switzerland and the EU. The high-level conference on peace in Ukraine will be a key topic with regard to the security situation in Europe. President Amherd will set out the aims of the conference from the Swiss perspective.

Talks are also set to cover bilateral cooperation within the framework of Switzerland’s contributions to selected EU member states, including Hungary. Switzerland and Hungary have close historical ties, particularly since taking in around 12,000 refugees following the 1956 uprising. The opportunities and challenges of bilateral economic relations will also be addressed. Switzerland is the fifth largest investor in Hungary and the 900 or so Swiss companies represented in the country have generated almost 30,000 jobs. The volume of trade amounts to CHF 2.6 billion.

The programme of the presidential visit also includes a speech at Andrássy University to students and members of the international and Swiss communities in Budapest. Ms Amherd will speak about Switzerland's situation in Europe and the outlook for the continent – also against the backdrop of Russia’s war against Ukraine and increasing authoritarian tendencies in many parts of the world.

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Bilateral relations Switzerland–Hungary

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