Poland plans holding 300 events in Brussels during its V4 presidency

"The calendar of events will be included in the schedule of EU work, i.e. thematically they will accompany ministerial meetings of the Council or sessions of the European Parliament," Poland's Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador Andrzej Sadoś said. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Poland will take over the presidency of the Visegrad Group in the middle of this year during which Polish diplomats plan to stage some 300 political, economic and cultural events in Brussels to strengthen the region's position in the EU.

On July 1, Poland will take over the annual presidency of the Visegrad Group. The Polish presidency will most likely be dominated by EU-UK negotiations on the future shape of relations and on the EU 2021-2027 budget.

Polish diplomats in Brussels have signalled that Poland will want to take advantage of the time of its presidency to show Central European solidarity in the face of difficult talks on the EU financial framework, future EU enlargement or negotiations with Great Britain. It will also be a period of intensive work on the EU climate policy.

"The calendar of events will be included in the schedule of EU work, i.e. thematically they will accompany ministerial meetings of the Council or sessions of the European Parliament. In the second half of the year, Germany will take over the presidency of the EU, we are for V4's participation in the consultation process. It is important as at that time Brussels will work on the European Green Deal and the future agreement with the United Kingdom," Poland's Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador Andrzej Sadoś said.

A number of events are to be organised in cooperation with other Central and Eastern European countries - the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia. Among planned events are September seminars on cooperation in the field of cyber security, the European Green Deal, migration and the EU funding of Horizon Europe, a planned 7-year European Union scientific research initiative. A series of multilateral meetings is also to take place on, among others, the European minimum wage, the rule of law, and future EU relations with the United Kingdom.

The year 2021 will also be of symbolic importance for the V4. During the Polish presidency, Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Visegrad Group.

The Visegrad Group was founded in February 1991. It consists of four Central European countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Cooperation is based on consultations during regular meetings at various political levels.