Barriers to international freight transport must be maintained, and commuters must continue to be able to cross borders to work and farm, the foreign and foreign affairs minister said on Wednesday after a video conference with his Austrian, Slovak and Czech counterparts on Facebook.
Photo: Facebook / Péter Szijjártó
In the video, Péter Szijjártó said that he informed the participants at the conference that
several large factories operating in Hungary have resumed operations.
The owners of these factories also operate factories in the Visegrad countries (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary), Germany and Austria, so Hungary is also ready to create regulations that will allow
those working within a group of companies can travel outside the commuting lane for work, as this is “in the interest of all of our national economies”
he stressed. He added that a decision on this was being prepared.
He emphasized that both Austrians and Slovaks had agreed that students living in Austria or Slovakia but attending school in Hungary this year, who would graduate this year, would not have to go home quarantine after their exams. Austria also allows graduates to accompany this, but Slovakia has not yet decided on this, he added.
He called the good news that the Slovaks had abandoned their plan to make the entry of commuters into Slovakia subject to a negative coronavirus test, so that Hungarians would still be able to cross the ten open crossings freely as part of their commuting.
According to Péter Szijjártó, at the conference he asked Austria to open the border crossing at Jánossomorja and Alsószölnök for commuters, and from Slovakia to open the border crossing at Tornanádaska and Letkés at the border crossing at Tgalanék and Bánréve.
The Minister also spoke about the fact that the four countries cooperated well in the repatriation of foreign nationals: many Hungarians were able to come home with planes organized by the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia, and vice versa. Currently, there are many Hungarian citizens in North America who want to come home, they will send a plane for them next week, he said.