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KÖVÉR, MONTENEGRIN COUNTERPART DISCUSS EU ENLARGEMENT, EP ELECTIONS

 

Speaker of Parliament László Kövér discussed European Union enlargement and its prospects after the upcoming European parliamentary elections with Ivan Brajović, his Montenegrin counterpart. At a joint press conference in Parliament, Kövér said hopefully, given a “positive outcome” of the EP ballot, the focus would shift towards the Western Balkans and the region’s EU integration would speed up. Montenegro would be first among the EU aspirants to join the bloc, he said, adding that the target date of 2025, however, was “unreasonably remote”. To move the process forward, they signed an agreement between the parliaments, house speakers and special committees of the two countries, Kövér said. Hungary is providing exhaustive political and diplomatic support to Montenegro to aid its EU integration, Kövér said, adding that Montenegro was a key partner of Hungary in the western Balkans, he said. He noted that Hungary is the second biggest investor among EU countries in Montenegro and he outlined further opportunities for involvement in developing its infrastructure. Brajović thanked Hungary for its support for Montenegro’s NATO accession two years ago.