Montenegro has good chance to meet EU accession criteria, according to Schmitt

Budapest, April 5 (MTI) – Montenegro is “on the right track” to meet the European Union’s accession criteria before the end of the year, Hungarian President Pal Schmitt said at a joint press conference with his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Vujanovic in Budapest on Tuesday.

Vujanovic, who is on a two-day official visit in Hungary, said that the two countries’ military cooperation in Afghanistan’s reconstruction was exemplary.

The Montenegrin president urged closer agricultural cooperation with Hungary, while Schmitt said that education and culture were areas of possible further cooperation.

Asked about the European integration of the Western Balkans, Schmitt said that Montenegro could play “a very positive role” in that process through its aspirations to become “the driving force of regional cooperation”. He added that the European Union should provide countries in the region with a “clear perspective” of joining the community.

Schmitt also said that he would soon meet presidents of the region for talks aimed at promoting the integration process.

Vujanovic is to meet Prime Minister Viktor Orban as well as Speaker of Parliament Laszlo Kover. Vujanovic will also lay a wreath at the monument to the unknown soldier and attend a state dinner given in his honour.