articleimg-1
Aug 29, 2018

Hungary's FM: The European Union should speed up its enlargement process

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

Hungary’s foreign minister has said that the European Union should speed up its enlargement process.

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.

The minister made the remarks following a meeting of Hungarian ambassadors after meeting Tudor Ulianovschi, Moldova’s minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, in Budapest.

Minister Szijjártó said the EU faces serious challenges and argues that the migration crisis had created parallel societies and brought an unprecedented threat of terrorism to the continent.

“The more members we have the stronger we are,” Minister Szijjártó said, adding that 2019 will be the first year when, with Brexit, the community will lose a member rather than grow.

“This trend must soon be reversed,” he said, and added that Britain’s exit, in light of the country’s economic weight, will “not do good” to the community.

Minister Szijjártó said that promoting the Eastern Partnership program was a tool for integration and added that Moldova was in the forefront of that scheme. He said that if countries in the east are stable, they can contribute to the fight against ideologies supporting terrorism and added that those countries were also instrumental in ensuring energy security.