Orban: Hungary wants Serbia to join EU as soon as possible

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said during a visit to the northern Serbian city of Subotica on Wednesday that Hungary wanted Serbia to join the European Union as soon as possible.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic thanked him for that, saying that he appreciated the fact that Hungary was not blackmailing and obstructing Serbia on its EU path, according to Tanjug news agency.

The two prime ministers visited a new glass fibre plant of the Hungarian company Masterplast, which had received financial incentives from Hungary and Serbia to expand its capacity.

Orban said that the Hungarians wanted Serbia to become a member of the European Union as soon as possible because that was in the interest of all citizens of Serbia, including the Hungarians who live in it, and that it would also be good for Hungary and the EU.

Unless we manage to maintain the good cooperation, if the governments in Hungary and Serbia do not consider this cooperation to be important, it will not be possible to sustain the economic results either, Orban said.

Orban praised the Serbian leadership for a successful and brave policy, congratulating Vucic on making Serbia a successful country and a good neighbour. He called on the ethnic Hungarians in Serbia to vote in the forthcoming parliamentary election and participate in decision-making processes.

The Hungarian minority in Vojvodina province sees Orban's visit as his support to the League of Vojvodina Hungarians, which has its representatives in the government of Prime Minister Vucic and which has announced coalition cooperation after the April 24 election.

Last update: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 16:51

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