Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with foreign ministers of the Visegrád Group (V4) as well as delegations from Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia at the Parliament Building in Budapest on Monday, July 10. The meeting of Central European partners was the first since Hungary assumed the rotating presidency of the V4 on July 1.

At the meeting, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the seven Central European member states discussed at length the importance of accelerating the accession of the Western Balkan states of Montenegro and Serbia into the European Union. An issue of top priority for all attending nations, the group also called upon the EU to open negotiations with other countries in the Western Balkans as well.

"If we cannot speed up the European integration process (in the western Balkans) ... we will have to face serious security challenges in the entire Central European region," said Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó in a subsequent news conference.

Currently, Albania and Macedonia are EU candidate nations but have yet to formally start accession talks.

Prime Minister Orbán and the group of seven Central European countries also addressed the ongoing Syrian Civil War and European migration crisis and emphasized their joint commitment to preventing the reopening of the Western Balkan migration route.