Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs Milan Roćen paid an official visit to Hungary on 6 of December, 2010, at the invitation of his counterpart János Martonyi. Both sides agreed that this visit is taking place at an important moment of the European integration of Montenegro, just before the decision on granting the candidate status to Montenegro and the Hungarian presidency of the EU in January 2011.
Minister Martonyi congratulated on the positive opinion and the recommendation of the EC, expressing his belief that Montenegro will be granted the candidate status. Hungary strongly supports Montenegro, a future EU and NATO member, as well as the Western Balkans on their path toward joining European and Euro-Atlantic structures, he said. One of the priorities of the Hungarian presidency of the EU will by all means, as he pointed out, the continuation of the enlargement process and support to further progress of every country in particular and the region as a whole. Hungarian head of diplomacy also gave a high appraisal of the cooperation between Montenegro and Hungary and in particular under the joint membership in the ISAF Mission.
Minister Roćen thanked the Government of Hungary for its continued support to Montenegro and the region in attaining of their strategic goals. This help is of great importance for the countries of the region, said Minister Roćen, emphasizing in this respect the importance of the unconditional support of the Visegrad Four countries to the enlargement policy, as well as their contribution to further progress of Montenegro and the region toward the EU and NATO. He conveyed gratitude to the heads of diplomacies of the Visegrad Four for the letter they jointly sent to European officials and EU member-states' MFAs with a recommendation to grant Montenegro the candidate status.
Ministers Roćen and Martony expressed pleasure with the level and quality of overall bilateral relations. Both sides underlined that Hungary is one of the biggest foreign investors in Montenegro, and that there are possibilities as well as readiness for further strengthening of the overall and especially economic cooperation in mutual interest. Minister Roćen invited his Hungarian counterpart to visit Montenegro, at the same time expressing belief that this will serve as a new impulse to strengthening of excellent and friendly relations between the two countries.
Minister Martony expressed regret and sympathy for the consequences of heavy floods that have hit Montenegro and its citizens and he informed that the Hungarian Embassy in Podgorica, that has during last two years been the contact-Embassy of NATO member-states, will in coming days coordinate the assistance of NATO member-states in Podgorica, as well as that Budapest will on the bilateral level provide assistance to Montenegro.
During his stay in Budapest, Minister Roćen met with the President of the Republic of Hungary, Pál Schmitt, with whom he exchanged opinions in a very warm atmosphere on the progress of Montenegro toward EU and NATO and bilateral cooperation. President Schmitt reiterated the support of his country to Montenegro's European and Euro-Atlantic paths and pointed out that it would be his pleasure to continue the dialogue with President Filip Vujanović during his visit to Hungary, scheduled for 2011. Roćen also discussed the strengthening of parliamentary cooperation with the Vice-President of the Parliament, István Jakab. He also met with the President of the Hungarian Telecom, Christopher Mattheisen. Both sides expressed content with the excellent cooperation of the Government and the Telecom.