PM Orban expects Central Europe to become engine of growth

Podgorica, June 17 (MTI) – Central Europe will soon become the engine of economic growth in Europe as a whole, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Podgorica on Friday.  

Once the world economic crisis is over, the pre-crisis situation with Central Europe contributing the bulk of EU growth will be restored, the prime minister said after talks with his Montenegrin counterpart Igor Luksic.


The premier, who is paying an official visit to Montenegro, said that the two success stories – those of Central Europe and Montenegro – should be connected.


Hungary would like to see the region of intensive economic growth stretch from the Baltic to the Adriatic Sea, and comprise Montenegro as well. To attain this goal, Montenegro should join the European Union, said Orban.


The prime minister called Montenegro one of the most promising countries of the region, and praised its achievements since its secession from Serbia in 2006.


Orban said that Hungary as EU president would be followed by another pro-enlargement country, Poland. Montenegro should grasp this opportunity and reach a consensus about all issues, including an amendment to the election law, that are required for launching accession talks, he said.


Luksic said that Montenegro would take all steps assumed under the programme of action presented to Brussels by late July.


He praised Hungary for supporting the EU integration of the Western Balkan States, and encouraging corporate investments in major Montenegrin projects.