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Feb 28, 2020

EU accession of the Western Balkans important for security, migration and the economy

Levente Magyar said Hungary would find it unacceptable were Serbia and Montenegro not to become EU members by 2025.

Levente Magyar, the foreign ministry’s parliamentary state secretary, said the EU accession of the Western Balkan countries would be important for security, migration and the economy.

At a conference organized by the Institute of Foreign Affairs, Magyar said the European Union has a pragmatic interest in the process. “We are closer than ever to making big strides in integration,” he said.

According to MTI, the state secretary said Hungary would find it unacceptable were Serbia and Montenegro not to become EU members by 2025.

Meanwhile, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić-Radman said Croatia’s EU presidency prioritized EU enlargement. A chief aim is to re-open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in March, he said.