The process of integrating Western Balkans countries into the European Union should be speeded up, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s foreign minister, said at a joint press conference with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.
Szijjártó expressed disappointment that the European Commission had set 2025 as the target date for their accession. He called for negotiating chapters with Montenegro and Serbia to be opened this year. He noted current tensions in the Western Balkans which, he said, would be best solved by European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Czaputowicz warned that if the EU were not present in the region, “then other actors who are not always in favour of European security may be.” He added, at the same time, that it was important that the commission had outlined an accession timeline, “even if it is remote”.
featured image: Péter Szijjártó with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz; via KKM / Szabó Árpád