Hungary Treats Smooth EU Transition as Priority, Says Bóka

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Ensuring a smooth institutional transition in the European Union when Hungary takes over the revolving presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of the year will be a key objective, EU Affairs Minister János Bóka told journalists on Friday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Bóka said their other two objectives will be to present the presidency as a "neutral, fair mediator" loyal to other member states and institutions, and to "orient" discussions on the next five-year EU policies in areas of particular importance to the Hungarian government.

Such areas include strengthening economic competitiveness, strengthening security and defense policy, managing common agricultural policy and demographic challenges, questions regarding migration, the future of cohesion policy, and making progress in EU enlargement, he said.

Bóka said the priorities of the Hungarian presidency will be made public in June. The presidency's plans include organizing an EU-Western Balkans summit, which would take place outside of Hungary.

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