Of the Balkan countries, Montenegro “stands closest” to joining the European Union, Hungarian President Janos Ader after meeting his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Vujanovic in Cetinje on Tuesday.
A clearly defined EU enlargement policy is an essential criterion of Europe’s stability and security, Ader said in the Montenegro presidential palace. He said he states Hungary’s position every time when discussing the issue of enlargement with his European counterparts that Brussels must set a clear timetable with exact deadlines for candidate countries and must also conduct effective talks with them.
As a candidate, Montenegro is a socially stable country which pursues an exemplary neighbourhood policy, he said. It has also produced considerable economic growth over the past few years, he added. Hungary will continue to support Montenegro’s integration which could serve as a model to inspire other candidates, Ader said.
Vujanovic said his country owed a debt of thanks to Hungary, not only for supporting its EU integration effort, but also for its immense support helping it join NATO. He also expressed thanks for the Hungarian army’s immense help supporting Montenegro’s participation in international peace-keeping missions. Speaking about bilateral economic relations, Vujanovic noted that Hungarian businesses had invested over 470 million euros in Montenegro in the past few years.
Source and photo: MTI