Croatia should join EU soon: Hungarian PM

09:30, December 14, 2010      

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Hungary pledged on Monday to finish the EU accession talks with Croatia during its six-month European Union (EU) rotating presidency, which is to start on Jan. 1, 2011.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who paid a one-day work visit to Cyprus, said enlargement is a very important issue and Croatia should join the EU as soon as possible.

"The Hungarians are very much committed to conclude the negotiations with the Croats during our rotating presidency," Orban told reporters following a meeting with Cypriot President Demetris Christofias.

He noted that another aspect of enlargement is to include Bulgaria and Romania in the visa-free Schengen area.

Orban added that necessary modification of the Lisbon Treaty in order to defend the euro is also among Hungary's priorities during the EU presidency.

The change would allow a permanent bailout mechanism to better respond to crisis.

Source: Xinhua

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