“I am glad that there is a settlement in Hungary that proudly remembers our accession to the European Union,” said István Ujhelyi with noticeable satisfaction in his voice in Tiszaújváros on Wednesday. At the memorial stone that captured the euphoric moment 15 years ago, the MSZP MEP drew the attention of Hungarian municipalities to celebrating the anniversary coming up on May 1st.
Regardless of how the Hungarian government has turned against the EU, it spends billions on reducing trust in the European community. The impact of this can already be measured: Hungary's confidence in the EU fell by 10 percent last year. “We not want to have the end date of Hungary's EU membership make it onto this stone, do we? We have a duty to keep Hungary in the European Union,” he stressed. He also recalled that since May 2004 EU support of 700 billion forints has been received in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, which the settlements and their enterprises spent on various development projects.
Deputy Chairman of MSZP in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Zsolt Pap spoke about Tiszaújváros being a committed supporter of the European Union. “I would like to draw everyone's attention to the fact that the current peace is fragile. If there is no unified European community, peace with the Member States will also fall apart,” he added.