The stability of the Eastern Europe and the Balkan Region is both an issue of national and international security as well as one of national economic interest, said Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó following talks with Serbian Minister for EU Integration Jadranka Joksimovic on Wednesday, August 31. Szijjártó added that Hungary unequivocally supports Serbia’s EU accession.

Following a meeting on Wednesday, August 31 with Serbian Minister for EU Integration Jadranka Joksimovic, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó affirmed Hungary’s unconditional support for Serbian accession to the European Union and called any EU member state actions intended to delay that process unacceptable and counter to aspirations for greater stability in Eastern Europe and the Balkan region. Szijjártó said Serbia has already satisfied any and all pre-conditions and urged Brussels and the EU to conclude accession talks not later than 2020.

Szijjártó also added that the EU and Europe must make the stability and security of Eastern Europe and the Balkan Region an absolute priority, and that further integration remains the best policy to achieve this goal. If Eastern Europe and the Balkans are unstable, "it poses an incredible migration threat” to Hungary as well as Europe as a whole, both of whom would be unable to stop the flow of undocumented immigration. For this reason, Hungary will continue to protect its border and that of the Schengen Zone from illegal migration, said Szijjártó. We are building the fence against those who want to come here „with unfair intentions, by disregarding our laws, sovereignty and borders,” not against Serbia. He added that a new border crossing station will be opened next year, to be followed by another.

Speaking on the topic of Hungary’s October migration referendum, the EU Minister said Serbia understands the Hungarian point of view and is strongly in favor of comprehensive and clear cut policy on the part of the EU to control external borders and remove pressure on the frequently traveled Western Balkans route.

(MTI, Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister)