EU must quickly expand to take in Western Balkan states: Hungarian FM
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The European Union must quickly expand to include Western Balkan states or else it will face serious security challenges, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has said.
Austria's Michael Linhart, Croatia's Marija Pejcinovic Buric, Poland's Witold Waszczykowski, Hungary's Peter Szijjarto, Slovakia's Miroslav Lajcak, the Czech Republic's Jakub Duerr and Slovenia's Karl Erjavec. Photo: EPA/TAMAS KOVACS.
The foreign ministers of the Visegrad group, comprising Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as Austria, Slovenia and Croatia, met in Budapest on Monday.
Szijjarto said the seven countries were all for expanding the EU, starting by speeding up accession talks with Serbia and Montenegro.
“If we cannot speed up the European integration process (in the western Balkans) ... we will have to face serious security challenges in the entire Central European region,” Szijjarto said, adding that EU expansion was a priority.
Poland handed over the rotating presidency of the Visegrad group to Hungary at the beginning of July. (vb/pk)