The European Union cannot talk about its future or European identity without Serbia, whose EU membership is in the best geopolitical interest, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Bled, Slovenia.
„We need Serbia because of geopolitics,“ he said at a panel focused on the future of Europe.
„Serbia is the key. Without Serbia as a member of the EU, one cannot discuss security or European identity in general. We need Serbia’s membership in the EU more than Serbia does. If we don’t integrate Serbia as soon as possible, we will lose it,“ Orban added.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attended the panel as the only representative of a country outside the EU, along with six EU prime ministers, including Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
Vucic said that Serbia was enthusiastic about the EU accession process, but that enthusiasm is no longer there.
„We found our own ways to overcome economic problems and created our own mechanisms,“ he said.
He criticized the EU, which he described as „the best place to live in the world,“ for not rewarding candidate countries’ progress when they meet the membership criteria.
(Blic, Al Jazeera Balkans, 11.02.2024)
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