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Speaking at the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg on Monday, Olivér Várhelyi, the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, said that in order to maintain its credibility, the EU must “speed up” accession for the Western Balkans and “make it more dynamic.”
Austria is a natural partner of Hungary and the Visegrád Group, and all of them together can cooperate in crucial areas, including migration, security, border protection, competitiveness, climate protection and enlargement.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said one of the greatest failures of the previous European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker was bringing the enlargement process to an almost complete standstill.
Two of the vice-presidents on the new European Commission will come from Slovakia and the Czech Republic, while the Polish commissioner will oversee Agriculture. “The whole region, with the V4 at the helm, is seeing an on-going increase in appreciation,” Prime Minister Orbán said in a radio interview this morning, before talking about enlargement, the European way of life, foreign policy goals and family policy.
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the government believes that the only way for the EU to be successful in the long term is if it can look beyond its everyday issues and make sensible decisions on strategic matters
Szabolcs Takács, the state secretary for European Affairs, said the issues of migration, economic development and EU enlargement will prove problematic, while the European Commission plans to cut funding for policies whose goals are defined in the bloc’s treaties
Ministers from the V4 plus Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria agreed that the EU should expand the Schengen zone and include countries from the Western Balkans along with establishing energy security
In his blog post entitled, “Hungarian Leader Should Stop Meddling in Ukrainian Politics,” a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Mike Gonzalez, misunderstands why Hungary has become an outspoken critic of the new Ukrainian education law that limits minority rights
Hungary’s position, when discussing the issue of enlargement with his European counterparts, is that Brussels must set a clear timetable with exact deadlines for candidate countries and must also conduct effective talks with them
"We reject that the European Union should apply double standards in relation to anyone; we are regrettably observing that the European Commission is applying double standards in relation to Poland very intensively. This is unacceptable," Minister Szijjártó said