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Dec 03, 2019

V4 urge new European Commission to speed up englargement

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.

Following a meeting with his V4 counterparts in Prague, the foreign minister has said the Visegrad Group (V4) expects the new European Commission to speed up European Union 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. “This is why we expect the new European Commission to open a new era in EU enlargement with special regard to integrating the Western Balkans,” he said.

According to MTI, Minister Szijjártó said enlargement policy, headed by Hungarian commissioner Olivér Várhelyi, would be in good hands. “The V4 has agreed to support the Hungarian enlargement commissioner’s efforts to speed up integration,” he said, adding that the EU’s policy “of blocking enlargement” over the past years “goes entirely against the bloc’s interests”.

“The swiftest possible integration of the Western Balkans is in the European Union and Hungary’s political, security, economic and strategic interests as it helps the bloc to resist migration pressure effectively,” he said.

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