Szijjártó said at the informal meeting of EU ministers in charge of trade, that in recent years, the EU’s competitiveness had deteriorated as a result of the various crises and Brussels’ ill-conceived responses to them.
“Sanctions have shot the European economy first in the foot and later in the knee,”
and the US economic rescue measures also worked against Europe’s interest, he said.
“Today we pay four times as much for gas in Europe as the Americans do and three times as much for electricity as the price in China,” he added.
The structure of world economy is changing and the great transformation means that the West has lost its automatic advantage in competition. The East has gained in strength and caught up with the West in terms of finances and technology, and has overtaken the West in terms of human resources, said the minister.
He said the question was whether by the reformation of blocs the EU wanted to close itself off from the fast-developing east or maintains its trust in an open world economy and cooperation where and when it is needed.