Regional group to suggest Covid-19 crisis measures to EU

The Visegrad Group (V4), comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, will put forward at the EU forum its ideas for post-pandemic recovery, Polish parliamentary speakers said after a V4 videoconference.

Polish lower and upper house speakers, Elzbieta Witek and Tomasz Grodzki, at a press conference following the meeting, summed up the arrangements made by the V4 parliamentary officials.

"We realise just how difficult it will be for our economies and societies to emerge from the epidemic, on many levels. We discussed the epidemic situation in other countries and how our neighbours are coping with it. We decided to support one another and to present proposals to the whole EU on how to map out the exit path from the post-Covid crisis," Witek said.

The heads of parliaments also discussed foreign policy, including the situation in Belarus and the United States, and the potential accession of Western Balkan countries to the EU.

Grodzki said Poland had suggested "raising the cooperation up a level" within the Visegrad Group and setting up "something resembling (an inter-) parliamentary assembly."