Prime Minister Beata Szydło after the Visegrád Group summit: the EU has to return to its roots

The Visegrád Group (V4) will be very active in the process of changes, which the European Union (UE) currently faces and it will be proposing solutions leading to an enhanced strength of the EU – underlined Prime Minister Beata Szydło after the Thursday meeting of the prime ministers of V4 countries in Warsaw. This is the first V4 meeting since Poland has assumed the presidency in the Group.


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European Union closer to its citizens

The main topics debated on Thursday by the heads of the governments of Visegrád Group countries concerned the situation after Brexit, the future of the European Union, as well as the security. Prime Minister Beata Szydło estimated that as challenges of the present days and current events showed, the institutional European Union, as led in the current form, did not meet the demands of Europeans.

We all agree that the EU has to return to its roots. It has to focus more on the citizens’ issues and less on the issues of the institutions – said the head of the Polish government at a joint press conference of V4 prime ministers. As she concluded, the Union has to adopt reforms that will make her stronger, more flexible and closer to the actual needs of its countries and citizens.

Active participation of the Visegrád Group in the process of changes in the UE

Prime Minister Beata Szydło underlined that Visegrád Group countries agree upon their active participation in the process of changes in the UE and that it should concentrate on ensuring security of Europeans. Moreover, she highlighted the informal summit of the European Union, which will take place in September in Bratislava and is supposed to concern the EU situation after Brexit. As Visegrád Group, we want to be well prepared to that summit. We want to have common proposals for the EU future. It is very important. This debate held today was dedicated to the preparation of a common position – underlined the head of the Polish government. We agreed that the European Union is a value for us, Europeans. It is a value that we should protect, that we should develop, but that we also have to change – she added. She underlined at the same time that V4 countries agreed that Brexit was a warning signal for the European Union.

Joint statement of the heads of the governments of Visegrád Group Countries

Today, Prime Minister of Poland Beata Szydło, Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Czech Republic Bohuslav Sobotka and Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico issued a joint statement, in which V4 countries suggest development directions and a reform plan for the UE. We have a common strategy and a common will to further strengthen the UE and to continue our work in the Group – stated the head of the Polish government on the joint conference of V4 prime ministers. She added also the process of changes in the UE.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło underlined that Visegrád Group countries agree upon their active participation in the process of changes in the UE and that it should concentrate on ensuring security of Europeans. Moreover, she highlighted the informal summit of the European Union, which will take place in September in Bratislava and is supposed to concern the EU situation after Brexit. As Visegrád Group, we want to be well prepared to that summit. We want to have common proposals for the EU future. It is very important. This debate held today was dedicated to the preparation of a common position – underlined the head of the Polish government. “We agreed that the European Union is a value for us, Europeans. It is a value that we should protect, that we should develop, but that we also have to change” – she added. She underlined at the same time that V4 countries agreed that Brexit was a warning signal for the European Union.

Joint statement of the heads of the governments of Visegrád Group Countries

Today, Prime Minister of Poland Beata Szydło, Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Czech Republic Bohuslav Sobotka and Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico issued a joint statement, in which V4 countries suggest development directions and a reform plan for the UE. We have a common strategy and a common will to further strengthen the UE and to continue our work in the Group – stated the head of the Polish government on the joint conference of V4 prime ministers. She added also that the Group countries wanted to look for the factor that integrates all the EU countries.


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