Tamás Deutsch (PPE
), in writing.
As a committed partner of Serbia, Hungary continues to support the country’s European integration. I believe that the Balkans and the surrounding region are of key importance to the European Union, and have particular relevance to Hungary. Of the former Yugoslav countries, Slovenia is already an EU Member State, Croatia’s accession has already been decided, and Macedonia and Montenegro are both official candidate countries. Throughout its term as President of the European Council, Hungary laboured towards the European integration of the Western Balkans, and its commitment to this goal remains unchanged. We therefore found it important to support the granting of candidate status to Serbia. It is important to stress, however, that the country must meet all requirements set by the EU, as the transposition of European law is essential for the resolution of the country’s long-standing problems.
Hungary has several historic ties to Serbia and, in particular, to its northern region of Vojvodina. It is in the interest of our neighbourhood policy, national policy, as well as the Hungarian population of Vojvodina, that the country join the community of EU Member States as soon as possible. I welcome the agreement concluded between the Serbian Government and the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (VMSZ), which allows for the implementation of the act on restitution and compensation. The goal remains to create a completely clear legal situation which rules out any form of enforcement of collective guilt.
It is welcome that Belgrade is undertaking major efforts to settle relations between Serbia and Kosovo and that both parties favour a peaceful resolution. These measures give considerable impetus to the country’s accession process. We encourage the Serbian Government to continue along the path it started and to make any additional efforts necessary to meet the political and economic criteria of EU accession.