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  • 30 June 2017

    On Friday June 30th, Poland concluded its presidency of the Visegrad Group. The political initiatives presented during the presidency and the strengthening of regional solidarity has helped confirm Poland's active role in Central Europe.

    The Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4) showed European partners that the Group is responsible, determined and actively involved in defending its regional interests. The Presidency helped confirm Poland’s high involvement and active participation in the Visegrad Group.


    Within the Polish Presidency of the V4 we have focused primarily on European issues. The position of the V4 strongly resonated in the EU forum, thus building a sense of community of interests within the group. This was particularly true of issues such as the reform and the future of the EU, Brexit and the challenges caused by migration to the EU.


    The demands of the Visegrad Group on the future of the European Union agreed by the prime ministers of the V4 countries during the Warsaw summit in March this year were reflected in the Rome Declaration.


    Since the beginning of the Polish Presidency, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on operational flexibility within the V4 forum. This enabled a dynamic response to the new challenges facing the changing international environment and the current EU agenda – primarily with regard to the Brexit issue and its implications for the future functioning of the EU.


    The most important issues addressed in the V4 forum in the past twelve months also included the EU Single Market (especially the social rights pillar and the Posting of Workers Directive), the digital market, interoperability in terms of creating conditions for innovation in V4 countries, consultations on cohesion policy and the review of the Multiannual Framework Financial 2014-2020. The climate and energy policy were also discussed.


    Moreover, in the area of security, the key objective for Poland during the V4 presidency was to support the implementation of the decisions made at the NATO Summit held in Warsaw in 2016.


    Within the framework of the presidency, meetings were held on these issues with defence ministers, the heads of General Staffs of the Visegrad Group, as well as the secretaries of National Security Councils and security advisors to the presidents of V4 countries. 


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