Viktor Orban named ‘Man of the Year’ at Krynica
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has received the Krynica Economic Forum’s annual "Man of the Year" award for the impact he has had on Central Europe.
Victor Orban receiving the award from Polish PM Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Darek Delmanowicz
Last year the award was won by Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland's Law and Justice Party, who hosted a joint panel with Orban this year. The Economic Forum, in the southern Polish resort of Krynica-Zdrój, is expecting 3,000 visitors over the coming days including politicians, businesspeople and economists.
The award was handed to Orban by Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło. Previous winners include Pope John Paul II, Lech Wałęsa and Donald Tusk.
Orban spoke about Polish-Hungarian relations, commenting: “Trust between Poles and Hungarians is far-reaching, going much further than just politics. This encourages us to cooperate.”
“The extent to which there is trust between our two countries, two nations, two governments, is exceptional. It is without parallel.”
The Hungarian prime minister suggested that the Visegard Group, consisting of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, could be prominent in driving reform in the European Union following Brexit.
“I am of the opinion that the Visegard Group is a very good forum in which to germinate ideas and to then take them to a European level,” Orban said. (sl/rg)