Updates: 09/29/2021 10:06 AM
Released: 29.09.2021, 09:50
Ústí nad Labem / Prague – Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) received the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán in Prague. In front of Kramář’s villa, where the prime ministers will meet, there were about two dozen demonstrators with, among other things, European Union flags. After the meeting, Babiš and Orbán will go to Ústí nad Labem, government representatives visited AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE in Odolena Voda. Orbán’s evening will be received by President Miloš Zeman in Lány.
Babiš will discuss with Orbán economic and industrial cooperation, defense, migration and the impact of the covidavirus coronavirus pandemic 19. The gala lunch of the prime ministers will take place in Ústí nad Labem at the Větruše chateau, where the YES movement launched an election campaign at the beginning of September. At that time, the Prime Minister’s son Andrej Babiš Jr. arrived unexpectedly. The press conference is to take place in the afternoon at the North Bohemian Opera and Ballet Theater in the center of the regional town.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Transport Karel Havlíček (for YES) together with Hungarian Ministries of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó and for innovation and technology László Palkovics will visit AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, which is also one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the Czech Republic focused on design and production of military and civil aircraft .
Babiš and Orbán have long-term good relations and have similar views on a number of things. The Czech Prime Minister has repeatedly called Orbán a friend. Last week, Babiš was on a two-day visit to Hungary, where he attended a demographic summit. At the time, the prime ministers jointly criticized the EU, which they said did not sufficiently protect its borders from illegal migration. Both prime ministers agreed that illegal immigration into Europe should be prevented.
The Czech government also on Monday approved the deployment of 50 police officers to help protect the Hungarian-Serbian border. The contingent should go to Hungary in mid-October.
Hungary became the target of criticism in June for a law banning LGBT lighting. Prime Minister Babiš did not join the letter of the leaders of 17 EU countries in support of sexual minorities, whose initiative was initiated by law. According to him, Hungarian law does not apply to sexual practices, but is to protect children and parents.
The Hungarian prime minister has long been in dispute with many EU leaders, who are bothered by his style of governance, which Orbán himself describes as illiberal democracy. Many of his colleagues criticize that the Hungarian government restricts media pluralism, academic freedom and the activities of non-governmental organizations.
About half an hour before Orbán’s request, there were about 20 demonstrators before Kramář’s force, including from the Pulse of Europe association. “Let us tell our Prime Minister together that we reject Orbán’s hateful practices in the Czech Republic, that we condemn his internal undemocratic and external anti-European policies. Let’s express our support for the Hungarian oppressed population and the queer community there, “the association said on Facebook..