Joint position of the Visegrád Group on the European Recovery Fund
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki participated in the summit of the leaders of the Visegrád Group countries at Lednice Chateau near Brno. It was the first V4 meeting held in person after the COVID-19 pandemic break. The summit was primarily an opportunity to reach a position for the European Council summit to be held next week and to discuss current EU issues related to the migration policy.
The Recovery Fund must be a driving force for the development of the entire Europe, taking into account the uniqueness of our region. At the same time, it must be a flexible tool for local communities said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during the summit of the leaders of the V4 countries.
Consultations before the European Council summit
Representatives of the governments of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic discussed issues related to the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 and the European Recovery Fund plan.
The meeting was an important step during consultations before the European Council summit to be held on 19 June.
As part of the presented position, Poland stresses the necessity to maintain the fundamental role of the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy in the future EU budget.
Fair mechanisms in the European Recovery Fund
With regard to the European Recovery Fund plan, Poland points to the appropriateness of providing significant financial aid for the member states affected by the crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is important to adopt fair mechanisms for fund distribution, which consider the actual wealth of individual countries.
Current EU issues, which included challenges associated with the migration policy, border protection, and restoration of free movement of people, were also discussed at the meeting.
Poland to take over V4 presidency in July
Poland will take over Visegrád Group presidency, currently held by the Czech Republic, on 1 July. The keynote of the one-year Polish V4 presidency will be the recovery of the economic and social life after the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki invited heads of government of the V4 countries to participate in an event inaugurating the Polish presidency of the Visegrád Group, which will be held on 3 July.