Significant steps have been taken to finalise reform of the judiciary, which is a crucial matter for Serbia and has been a long-standing issue. I now see the opportunity to complete this task.
I personally believe that Serbia has made significant achievements regarding EU integration thus far, while the current slow progress is just a momentary setback. There are many political and administrative fields in which progress can be achieved, but I can see that plans are already in motion here. The new accession methodology will give more opportunities for Serbia to present its results. I think that the government is committed to these reforms, while leading Serbian politicians stand up for the EU agenda on regular occasions. Significant steps have been taken to finalise reform of the judiciary, which is a crucial matter for Serbia and has been a long-standing issue. I now see the opportunity to complete this task.
Hungary has recent experience with accession negotiations, so we can provide valuable support for Serbia until it achieves full membership!
I’ve also witnessed a strong commitment to green growth and the environmental protection agenda, which is also aligned with the aims of the EU Green Deal. The Government’s Serbia 2025 plan also supports this aim, ensuring that efforts are also supported by financial means. I would say that if Serbia continues on this path and develops its agenda with political commitment, the integration process will gain traction!
Hungary supports Serbia on its European path and we would like to stress that accepting the country as an EU member state would be beneficial to both sides. Our relations are now very close; we like to refer to Serbia as a strategic partner. Supporting the country’s EU accession is an integral part of this partnership. We use every occasion and forum to voice this opinion – be that in Brussels, Budapest or Belgrade. And we don’t only provide political support, but rather also expert assistance to the Ministry of European Integration. An experienced seconded expert from Hungary is working there to assist the Serbian staff on all matters. We also previously welcomed Serbian officials to Budapest for professional training.