Prime Minister Viktor Orbán concluded a strategic partnership agreement with Coca-Cola HBC Hungary on Friday at the company’s headquarters in Dunaharaszti.

The Prime Minister recalled that the government was building a new economic model with Coca-Cola HBC being one of its beneficiaries. He added that he was born into a generation which considered Coca-Cola not only a soft drink but a feeling of belonging to the Western world. The aim of the Strategic Partnership Agreement is to secure the company’s long-term presence in Hungary, expand cooperation with suppliers as well as to reinforce the company’s role in promoting competitiveness.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated a new production line in Dunaharaszti, which had been realized through an investment of 2 billion forints. The production line can produce 1 million bottles of soft and energy drinks per day, which the company believes will significantly boost export volume. The Hungarian government attaches great importance to ensuring a friendly business environment to foreign companies and attracting foreign investment by providing public support. While doing so, the government considers it essential to ensure mutual respect, trust and predictability, which also coincide with the guiding principles of the 2012 Annual Report of the Hungarian European Business Council (HEBC).

The above aim is also reflected in the government’s recently presented 10-point Job Protection Action Plan, one of the endeavours of which is to ease entrepreneurial accounting regulations to help those enterprises facing difficulties because of foreign currency exchange rate exposure receive greater assistance. (Prime Minister's Office)