Viktor Orban is coming to Bucharest. The major energy agreement to be signed in Romania


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The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, will sign, in Bucharest, on December 17, an agreement regarding the electricity network that will transport electricity from Azerbaijan to Hungary, through Georgia and Romania, confirmed Bertalan Havasi, the head of the press office of to the Hungarian Prime Minister, the information published in the Romanian press, for the Hungarian press agency MTI.

According to the information, the following will participate in the event: the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

After the meeting held in August with the Azerbaijani Minister of Energy, Péter Szijjártó, the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, announced that Azerbaijan will produce large amounts of renewable electricity that will be transported through a submarine pipeline, first in Georgia, and then in Romania.

We have agreed, Szijjártó wrote at the time, that Hungary will join this ambitious project as it requires the participation of at least two member states to receive funding from the EU. Thus, renewable electricity can be transported to Hungary, which we can partially use and, partially, we can serve as a transit route, the Hungarian foreign minister said on his social media page.

Viktor Orban’s visit to Bucharest comes four months after the Hungarian Prime Minister’s statements about “mixed race”, made at Băile Tușnad, scandalized the Romanian political class, led by President Klaus Iohannis.

President Klaus Iohannis said back then dissociates himself from Orban’s ideas.

“It is mainly wrong, it is a major error and it is inadmissible for a high-ranking European dignitary to come to the public stage with a speech built on the theory of races, a theory that led to the most terrible catastrophe of the 20th century, the Second World War. It cannot be accepted in any way that a European dignitary comes up with such a theory,” said Klaus Iohannis

The statements were also brought to the attention of the CNCD. The National Council for Combating Discrimination qualified Viktor Orban’s statements, from Băile Tușnad, as hate speech and found that the message sent created a hostile, degrading, humiliating atmosphere towards certain categories of people based on nationality and race.

However, the CNCD could not impose a sanction on the Hungarian Prime Minister. The reason: the jurisdictional immunity of Viktor Orbán, considering his capacity as prime minister of Hungary, located in a foreign state, Romania.

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