János Áder with Christa Markwalder on the terrace of the Sándor Palace overlooking the Danuve | Noémi Bruzák / MTI

Swiss National Council President visits Hungary

April 13, 2016

Switzerland is a “very important strategic partner” for Hungary, parliamentary speaker László Kövér said after meeting Christa Markwalder, President of the National Council of Switzerland, who was also received by Hungarian President János Áder.

Despite not being a European Union, Switzerland is an important partner in trade relations, investment and also in terms of political relations, Kövér told the press, the Hungarian news agency MTI reports. Commenting on a referendum that obliges the Swiss government to submit a law to parliament on restricting immigration, he urged a pragmatic compromise solution.

Hungary would prefer the rights to free movement and labour of around 20,000 Hungarians working in Switzerland not to be curbed. Markwalder said economic ties between Hungary and Switzerland were intensifying and she noted that many Swiss companies operate in Hungary.

The talks with Kövér covered way to improve the conditions for economic cooperation and challenges in EU affairs, including migration, she added. Christa Markwalder, President of the National Council of Switzerland had talks with President János Áder.


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