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"Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, I should like to express my joy at being able to address you now as a full Member of this House from Hungary. Even 20 years ago, the representatives of the Hungarian National Party regarded the achievement of close union with the countries of the western half of Europe as their main objective. During the last fifteen years, however, we have been able to learn quite a lot. The not yet completely finalised political, economic and social changes are quite interesting. We must work towards the objective that more and more people in Hungary – and in the accession countries – think that joining the European Union is not just a necessary solution, but something that really helps to ensure that people have a secure future. We have to create an economy where no elements can surface that would distort competition, but which at the same time allows the accession countries, including Hungary, to catch up. It is imperative that smaller villages, even the most disadvantaged rural areas, should be able to retain their population. Not only the difficulties associated with the closure of industrial production but also the disadvantages associated with changes in agricultural production, and even in tourism, must be taken into consideration. In Hungary, for example, Lake Balaton and its surrounding area require development, financial support is needed, because in addition to the main European roads the remainder of the road network should also be further developed, by establishing a north-south axis route in the western and central parts of Hungary. We can say that we are ready to join the European Union, but further major economic and social changes are required. The other political party in Hungary talks about modernisation. I do not think it is fashionable any more to advertise modern socialism, here in the institutions of the European Union, fortunately, nobody talks about it any more. We agree on the development of a knowledge-based economy and IT access possibilities. Emphasis must be placed, however, on managing the disadvantages of globalisation, increasing the number of jobs, and enabling the accession countries to catch up, with retention of the main elements of the social model. Accession will only be successful if the countries catch up with the existing members. Our wish is to be part of this."@en1

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