Hungary supports EU enlargement

During a visit to Tirana on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto voiced regret that a recent meeting of his European counterparts had postponed the start of EU accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.

Hungary not only supports the community’s enlargement but “considers it a key EU policy”, Szijjarto said, calling the European Commission’s decision not to accept any new members until 2025 “incomprehensible”.

Szijjarto added that Hungary would continue working together with Albania to stem illegal migration.

Before his visit to Tirana, Szijjarto attended the meeting of the Turkish-Hungarian economic joint committee. As an exporter, Hungary has a vital interest in boosting economic ties with Turkey, he stressed. Energy is the main pillar of Turkey-Hungary economic relations, Szijjarto told a press conference, and noted the opportunity to import gas from the south as well as deepening cooperation in the area of nuclear energy.

He said the Turkish Stream pipeline, soon to bring gas from Azerbaijan to central Europe, would enhance Hungary’s energy security. The minister told his Turkish counterpart, Mustafa Varank, minister of industry and technology, that the government will open a procedure in September for booking capacity for the pipeline on the Serbian-Hungarian border.

Source and photo: MTI

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