Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks in Skopje

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Balkan region is not a problem but an opportunity for the European Union said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Skopje on Thursday.

The prime minister paid a one day official visit to Macedonia on Thursday; he met his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Gruevski and at a joint press conference the prime minister reiterated Hungary's continued support for Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic integration.

Hungary believes it is in everybody's interest that Macedonia become an EU member state, as Macedonia is a full blown democratic European country said the prime minister.

Macedonian MP Nikola Gruevski Gruevski told journalists that his country's integration into the European Union was one of the key subjects of talks with his Hungarian counterpart. Macedonia was grateful for Hungary and the other countries of the Visegrád Group for their support of his country's integration into the Euro-Atlantic union.

The two countries' economic and political relations show dynamic growth in recent years. Macedonia offers more and more opportunities to investors, including Hungarian investors said the Macedonian prime ministers at a joint business forum later on the day.

The two countries also signed a cultural and a water management agreement; later, PM Orbán met the Speaker of the House Trajko Veljanovski and laid a wreath at the Macedonian freedom-fighters memorial.

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov granted Prime Minister Viktor Orbán a high state award for promoting Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic integration.

(Prime Minister’s Office –


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