V4 wants to help reform EU - Polish PM

The joint press conference after a V4 summit in Warsaw on Friday. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

The Visegrad Group, comprising Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, wants to help the EU in its reforms, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at a joint press conference after a meeting with his V4 peers in Warsaw on Friday.

Friday's summit was held to officially inaugurate Poland's annual presidency of the regional lobby. The meeting focused on the EU's 2021-27 budget which is still being negotiated by the bloc and the post-pandemic EUR 750 bln European Recovery Instrument.

Morawiecki thanked Czech PM Andrej Babis for leading the V4 over the past 12 months that were "marked by a crisis that commentators say is the crisis of the century."

Commenting on Poland's presidency motto, 'Back on Track,' Morawiecki said that the V4 wanted to help the EU in its reforms "which will concern the EU's future," including international agreements, the next EU budget and the recovery instrument.

Morawiecki reiterated the V4's refusal of mandatory refugee allocation and its support for better protection of the EU's external borders.

At their Friday meeting, the four prime ministers also discussed the Balkans, Ukraine, and Belarus, according to Morawiecki.