Barna Tánczos and Hungarian Minister of Agriculture commit to stronger cross-border collaboration

Romanian Minister of the Environment, Water and Forestry Barna Tánczos met with Hungarian Minister of Agriculture István Nagy during an introductory visit to Budapest on Wednesday.

This was Tánczos’ first official visit to Hungary since he was appointed Minister of the Environment by the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (known by its Hungarian acronym of RMDSZ), Hungarian news agency MTI reported. During the meeting, the ministers discussed taking cross-border water and environmental cooperation to the next level.

Following the relaunch of the Hungarian-Romanian committee dealing with minority-related issues, the meeting between Tánczos and Nagy has served as a good opportunity to revive the Romanian-Hungarian Joint Environmental Protection Committee (KVB). The committee will be reconvened soon, István Nagy said after the meeting.

The parties also reviewed the possibility of deepening the countries’ vivid and multi-layered cross-border environmental relations. Among other things, the two ministers shared their experiences gained in the fields of border water protection, water management and forestry.

Like Romania, Hungary is an active participant in programs to help protect the natural environment, István Nagy emphasized during the meeting. The ministers agreed that pollution is a common regional problem that needs to be addressed by joining forces.

The ministers see the Hungarian V4 Presidency as a good opportunity for strong representation of regional interests in the EU, such as in the EU Green Agreement, protected areas and irrigation development. In closing, they underscored the importance of strengthening their existing cooperation and their commitment to further improving relations between Hungary and Romania in general.

Title image: Pelsőczy Csaba

Author: István Fekete