Hungary pushes for Serbia’s EU candidate status

Hungary has sent a memorandum to European Union member states calling for a sustained policy of admitting Western Balkan countries as members.

On July 6, Hungary also urged the EU to grant candidate status to Serbia and set a date for negotiating its EU membership by the end of this year.

Hungary’s Western Balkans memorandum comes six weeks after Serbia’s arrest of war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic, which the memo cites as an important step toward membership in the union.

According to the document, which Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered to his colleagues in the EU, the map of Europe must not have black holes. This, he said, is why the European prospects for Kosovo must be strengthened.

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