Poland takes over rotating presidency of Visegrad Group

From left V4 defenses ministers JAROSLAV NAD of Slovakia, Czech LUBOMIR METNAR, PAWEL WOZNY of Poland and Hungarian TIBOR BENKO speak during the press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, June 24, 2020. Michal Kamaryt/CTK/PAP

Poland took over the annual rotating presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4) on July 1, the Foreign Ministry wrote in a Wednesday press release.

The motto of the Polish presidency is 'Back on track.'

The ministry wrote that Visegrad cooperation will focus not only on post-pandemic reconstruction, but also on giving impetus to regional cooperation, improving it and promoting people-to-people contacts between the societies of the four countries of the Group - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

As the European Union will remain the key platform for V4 cooperation, the V4 will focus its work on the current European agenda, wrote the ministry.

The list of priorities includes, among others, cooperation and coordination in connection with negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Recovery and Resilience Facility. In addition, the V4 will focus, inter alia, on deepening cooperation in the digital sector, security cooperation, infrastructure development and the international agenda, e.g. supporting the pro-integration aspirations of the Western Balkan countries, as well as the development of the Eastern Partnership, reads the press release.

V4 initiatives and activities under the Polish presidency will be divided into three areas: Economy and connectivity, Security and Society.

The Polish presidency has set four objectives in the above-mentioned three areas: the coordination of V4 countries' activities within the EU, the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, strengthening integration and cohesion within the V4, between the V4 countries/societies and the development of V4 cooperation in the digital sector.