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Martonyi not worried about Eastern Partnership future

The Eastern Partnership Summit, originally planned taking place in Hungary in May, will be held at the end of September or the beginning of October, Martonyi said in Brussels on Monday.

While the freedom fights of North African countries draw the attention of the European Union to that region, Martonyi, who is also the current president of the EU Council, is not worried that eastern neighbors will be neglected. He said that the EU has a unified policy regarding neighboring countries, and the EU does not prioritize southern or eastern countries over one another.

He added that the Eastern Partnership Summit will take place at the end of September or the beginning of October in Poland. He noted that Poland and Hungary will jointly host the event. The Eastern Partnership will remain an important political strategy for the European Union, Martonyi emphasized.

The EU has a budget of €12 billion for its neighbor policy. Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson of the EU’s high representative for foreign policy and security, confirmed to BruxInfo that the EU did not forget about the Eastern Partnership, and does not intend to withdraw money from the East and rechannel it to the South, but aims to create a neighbor policy that is stronger and has a larger budget.