“Iceland is next, no doubt,” he said.
The Hungarian foreign minister, who flies to Brussels Thursday to help finalize Croatia’s admission, said the Balkan country’s should encourage other EU aspirants to meet the union’s benchmarks on economics, democracy and human rights.
Mr. Martonyi’s prediction of a swift accession for Iceland could inflame tensions with Turkey, whose bid to become the EU’s first Muslim-majority country faces the opposition of EU heavyweights like France and Germany. EU admission requires the unanimous consent of the bloc’s member states.
“The train is still moving, even if very slowly,” he said. “No one stopped the train yet.”
In an interview earlier this year, the Turkish prime minister’s chief foreign policy adviser accused the EU of changing its requirements to keep it out.
Mr. Martonyi said the claim is unfair, noting that at least one of Turkey’s outstanding negotiation chapters had been delayed due to political considerations revolving around Turkey’s recent elections.
The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which made EU membership a priority after coming to power in 2002, won its third consecutive landslide on June 12 and pledged to continue Turkey’s bid.