Vienna, 16 April 2013 – “A blanket condemnation of Austrian farmers and leaseholders in Hungary is highly regrettable”, State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka said commenting on the statements made by Hungarian Prime-Minister Viktor Orbán in an interview with the Austrian daily newspaper "Kurier". “The Austrian farmers who have legally acquired land in Hungary and cultivate this land contribute to Hungary's development. Austrians who are prepared to make investments abroad must be given legal security. In the modern Europe of our times it should be a matter of course that validly concluded contracts remain valid; a fact that has also been confirmed by Prime Minister Orbán”, the State Secretary said.
“Unfortunately this is not the first time that Hungarian legislation has put the interests of Austrian entrepreneurs at stake. The blanket accusation that an entire group of people has committed irregularities is unacceptable.”
“Both countries profit from our close economic ties, and such news propagated in the media is thus extraordinarily regrettable. We have always avoided communicating our opinion via the press, and consider direct talks to be much more expedient. I intend to openly address these issues in meetings with my Hungarian colleagues in Budapest this week”, Lopatka concluded.
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