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EU should step up efforts to integrate Balkans, Hungary's PM says

EU should step up efforts to integrate Balkans, Hungary

Budapest, 9 February 2018 (MIA) - The European Union should step up efforts to integrate the Balkans, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday, adding that Budapest would aim to accelerate the accession of its southern neighbor, Serbia.

“We must integrate the Balkans into the EU, the EU itself has already accepted that,” Reuters cites Orban as saying at a Hungarian-Serbian business forum. “It has also provided a date, 2025. We are not happy with this date, we think it is modest, this is too distant.”

Виктор Орбан

Orban met Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic earlier in the day in Budapest.

The EU acted on Tuesday to reinvigorate the membership ambitions of six Balkan states and reclaim the region as its own amid growing Russian and Chinese influence, setting 2025 as a goal for Serbia and Montenegro to join. lk/19:38

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