EU accession

Orban: Completion of EU entry talks with Croatia priority

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  • Zadnja izmjena 03.12.2010 13:18
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Viktor Orban, čelnik Fidesza

Viktor Orban, čelnik Fidesza

Izvor: Sipa Press / Autor: DUDAS

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that one of the priorities of the Hungarian EU six-month presidency, which starts on 1 January 2011, is the completion of EU entry talks with Croatia, warning that other western Balkan countries will be deprived of European prospects should Zagreb be unable to join the bloc.

People in that area should be getting a feeling that European prospects are realistic, Orban said in the Hungarian parliament on Thursday. He held talks with the president of European parliamentary groups, ahead of Hungary's coming EU presidency, as well as with the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek of Poland.

Orban also stressed that Hungary would do everything it could to help the admission of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen Area without the internal border control. Speaking about the entire European Union, the Hungarian Prime Minister stressed that 2011 could be the most difficult year for the bloc since the fall of Communism, because Europe must face a strong global competition.

Hungary will have to deal with more issues than it thought it would have to during its EU presidency, PM Orban said, adding that he was confident that stable political circumstance in Hungary would secure success in its leading political role.

EP president Buzek said Hungary was ready to assume the EU presidency, adding that during the talks all European Parliament groups supported the objectives of Hungary's EU presidency.

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