Hungary will not prevent Ukraine from joining the EU when the time comes, Hungarian Ambassador to Kyiv Istvan Ijgyarto assured in an interview with the Ukrainian television channel Espreso.
“Finally, I would like to assure you that when the assessment of Ukraine’s accession to the EU begins, Hungary will support it (accession),” the ambassador said in a televised interview broadcast on Tuesday by the European news portal Pravda.
The same source also quotes Ihor Jovkva, a diplomatic adviser to the Ukrainian presidency on European integration issues, as saying that Kiev has so far received no signal from Budapest that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban intends to block Ukraine’s EU accession. notes Agepres.
The portal also notes that, according to a Flash Eurobarometer poll released last week, more than half of the population of all EU countries except Hungary supports Ukraine’s integration.
On average, 66% of the EU population said that “Ukraine should join the EU when it is ready,” the quoted portal said. In 26 countries out of a total of 27 EU member states, the proportion of those who said they support Ukraine’s accession was over 50%, with Hungary being the only Member State where this percentage was 47%, according to the quoted source.
The European Commission intends to issue its opinion in June on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday after talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.