Polish PM arrives in Prague for V4 meeting

(L-R) Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during the Visegrad Group (V4) and Western Balkan partners summit in Prague. /PAP/EPA

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Prague on Thursday to take part in a meeting of the prime ministers of the Visegrad Group countries, to focus on EU enlargement and the next multi-annual Union budget after 2020.

The meeting will also be attended by the heads of government of Western Balkans countries (Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina).

"The meeting in such a wide group is aimed at supporting the Western Balkan countries in their drive to enter the EU structures. We want to inspire other EU members to act faster on this matter," Polish PM's adviser Paweł Jabłoński told PAP.

"The meeting in the expanded format will therefore be an opportunity to discuss matters related to relations between the EU and the Western Balkans region, taking into account institutional changes inside the EU, enlargement policy or cooperation in the field of transport and energy. International problems involving both the Union and countries of the Western Balkans will also be discussed," said Jablonski.

According to the adviser, the talks are also to refer to climate change in the context of the UN Climate Summit in 2019, security and defence issue, including cooperation in the field of migration prevention and combating organised crime.

During the Prague meeting, the V4 PMs are expected to adopt a declaration regarding cooperation with the Western Balkans region. V4 PMs will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m.