Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Georgia has made significant progress in fulfilling the requirements for an EU membership candidacy. Hungary sees no obstacles for the country to receive the status in the autumn, the foreign minister added.
After talks with his Georgian counterpart, Ilia Darchiashvili on Friday, Minister Szijjártó insisted that the EU treated Georgia unfairly by not awarding the country candidate status alongside Moldova and Ukraine. The foreign minister had phone talks with Darchiashvili, and they reviewed the European Commission’s interim report on Georgia’s progress. Last week saw talks of the European Union integration of the Western Balkans, Szijjártó noted, but “we have other friends waiting to be allowed in,” the minister noted in a Facebook post. “Georgia is not in any worse shape than the other two countries,” he said. Hungary has since constantly been helping Georgia in fulfilling the requirements, he said. Hungary hopes that the European Commission or other European Union member states will not employ “double standards” in the cast of Georgia, Szijjártó said.