Polish Visegrad presidency to focus on economic growth

Polish President Andrzej Duda led a meeting between the prime ministers of the Visegrad Group countries in Warsaw on Friday as Poland assumed the one-year presidency.

The Polish government launched its presidency on July 1 under the slogan “Back on Track,” declaring a goal to return for the region to strong economic growth after a COVID-19 induced slowdown. The Polish government also declared that it aims to promote integrated policy on common interest goals and cooperation around digitalization and innovation.

One of the efforts of the Visegrad Group, which consists of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, is to add collective weight in European Union (EU) negotiations. All the four are net recipients of EU funds, which put them at odds with member states that prefer European budgets to be decreased.

They also oppose plans to introduce quotas on taking in required number of refugees from the Middle East and Africa in efforts to ease pressure on countries along the Mediterranean.

The alliance was formed in 1991 and named after the town where a historical alliance of regional kingdoms formed in 1335, as a vehicle for economic and defense cooperation.