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Hungary accuses EU of lacking strategy to integrate Balkan nations

HUNGARY ACCUSES EU OF LACKING STRATEGY TO INTEGRATE BALKAN NATIONS

The European Union is not doing enough to promote the European integration of the West Balkans - something that holds security risks, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Monday.

The top diplomat made the comments at a meeting of foreign ministers from the so-called Visegrad Group - made up of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Hungary currently holds the rotating presidency of the group. Representatives from Croatia, Slovenia and Austria were also present at Monday's meeting.

"All craftsmen of world and regional politics" have a strategy for the Balkans, but the EU "apparently does not belong in this category," state news agency MTI quoted Szijjarto as saying.

If one does not provide this region a script for EU integration, there is a risk it could lead to "uncontrollable tensions."

Differences over migration policy have already strained the EU's relationship with the four Visegrad nations.

In September 2015, the EU introduced a mandatory quota system to redistribute thousands of asylum seekers from Italy and Greece.

The European Commission launched infringement procedures last month against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for their refusal to accept migrants from other EU member states under the scheme.

Hungary and Slovakia have said that EU procedural rules were broken during the adoption process of the relocation quota and asked the decision be annulled by the European Court of Justice.

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