Poland to take over presidency of Visegrad Group in July

Poland's presidency of the V4 is to be inaugurated on June 30 at the headquarters of the Polish Armed Forces in Brussels. MARTIN DIVISEK/PAP/EPA

Poland will take over the presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4) from the Czech Republic on 1 July, Poland's representation to the EU in Brussels plans to mark the occasion by organising over 300 political, economic and cultural events within six months.

Poland's presidency of the V4 is to be inaugurated on June 30 at the headquarters of the Polish Armed Forces in Brussels. Not only ambassadors to the EU of the Visegrad Group countries - Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, but also Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia will take part in the ceremony. EU commissioners from the V4 countries have also been invited.

"During Poland's Presidency there are important events that the EU will have to face together, including talks on the future EU budget and recovery fund, negotiations on the agreement with the United Kingdom on future partnership and legislative work related to the European Green Deal. In talks with our partners, we want to emphasise these issues," Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU Andrzej Sados told PAP.

The Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU underlines that despite the restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, it does not intend to cancel any of the 300 political, economic and cultural events planned in Brussels related to the Polish presidency of the V4 Group.

Polish diplomats in Brussels said that Poland wants to use this period to demonstrate 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 legislative work in the European Commission on the EU climate policy.

Many events are to be organised with the participation of other Central and Eastern European countries - the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia. Although many meetings will be held during the Polish Presidency with the participation of countries at various diplomatic levels that will be devoted to specific EU themes.

Planned for September are seminars on cooperation in the field of cybersecurity, the European Green Deal, migration and the EU funding program for science Horizon Europe. A series of multilateral meetings will also take place on, for example, the European minimum wage, the rule of law or future EU relations with the United Kingdom.