Visegrad Group supports EU enlargement policy

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Podgorica, (MINA) – The Visegrad Group supports the EU enlargement policy and will advocate it in the EU institutions in Brussels, Prime Minister Dusko Markovic stated.

Ha took part in the Summit of the Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group and the Western Balkans which took place in Prague.

Markovic remarked that the Summit was successful and that the main topic was the EU enlargement policy.

He stressed out that Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland fully support the enlargement policy and will advocate it at the European Commission.

 

“The most important conclusion of today’s meeting, which also resulted in the agreement on a joint declaration, is that the enlargement policy should be a strategic policy of the EU, which needs to be unquestionable and credible, and that the Visegrad Four would, with all their political potential, advocate such a policy at the European Commission,” Markovic told the press following the meeting, the government stated in a press release.

He said that Montenegro is encouraged by the appointment of the new European Commission and the proposal for the new Enlargement Commissioner to be from Hungary, because Montenegro has developed bilateral relations with Hungary.

 

“And because that country supported Montenegro’s NATO integration process and also supports us in our EU bid”, Markovic added.

 

He emphasized that the dialogue was very concrete, comprehensive and that it included bot opportunities and challenges.

“It is essential that we believe that the enlargement policy will be alive and credible, and that we, the candidate countries above all, need to work hard and deliver the result in order to strengthen their argumentation and their approach”, said Markovic.

 

The government’s press release stated that the Visegrad Four adopted a joint statement on the Western Balkans, in which they “reiterated their unequivocal support for the EU accession of the Western Balkans and their firm belief that reunification of Europe cannot be complete without them joining the European Union”.

 

They stressed that “accession is and will remain a merit-based process fully dependent on the achieved progress”.

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