Hungary doesn’t support Romania’s and Croatia’s OECD membership

Following diplomatic conflicts with its two neighbours, the Hungarian government made a stand in the OECD.

Hungary is not supporting Croatia’s and Romania’s bids for membership of the OECD, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade informed Hungarian news agency MTI on Friday.

According to the statement, the Council of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) convened to discuss the organisation’s expansion in Paris on Friday. It was at this council meeting that Hungary indicated, it will not be supporting the membership applications of either Croatia or Romania.

In the case of Romania, the Ministry justified the decision to withdraw support with the closing of the Catholic Secondary School in Marosvásárhely (Târgu Mureș), while in the case of Croatia the reason behind the decision is related to the situation that has developed concerning investments in Croatia on the part of Hungarian energy company MOL, and Croatia’s conduct towards the company’s director, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in the statement.

Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec already confirmed on Wednesday that Slovenia withdraws its support for Croatia’s candidacy, accusing Croatia of disrespect for international law. This referred to Croatia’s decision to ignore the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration regarding the maritime border in the Piran Gulf.

Source: Kormany.hu, BalkanInsight

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