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Commissioner: ‘EU stronger with central Europe’s integration’

The European Union has become stronger with the accession of central Europe, a region that has become "a decisive actor" in the bloc not only economically, but politically as well, Oliver Varhelyi, EU commissioner for neighborhood policy and enlargement, said on Tuesday, marking the 20th anniversary of the region's accession.
30. April 2024 16:46

He told MTI in Brussels that central Europe, a region that had lagged considerably behind, has also benefitted from EU membership and become stronger economically and socially.

In the beginning it was hard to see what role central Europe would politically fulfil in the EU, but since Brexit “the region has a role not only to create balance but to set the trend,” Varhelyi said.

He said that the incoming European Commission must focus on the bloc’s enlargement.

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