V4 will stick to migration principles, Polish PM says after EU meeting

V4 will stick to migration principles, Polish PM says after EU meeting Leszek Szymański/PAP

The regional Visegrad Group (V4) has a clear vision about the migration issue and will stick to its own principles, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said after a meeting of V4 leaders with European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday.

The prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland met in Brussels on Thursday with the EC chief to discuss a range of issues, including migration. Morawiecki also spoke on behalf of the Slovakian PM, who did not attend the meeting.

"We have a very unequivocal view on this with our friends from the Visegrad Group. There are certain principles that we stick to and which are related to ensuring the toughest and the most effective policies related to border control and aid in places from where migrants can potentially migrate to Europe, but also aid such as Poland's transport of 156 houses to a place that has recently suffered a tragedy," Morawiecki said, referring to a fire that devastated a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

According to Morawiecki, the talks also concerned the European post-pandemic recovery fund and the bloc's next seven-year budget.

"We have also been stressing the fact that all the arrangements previously made at the European Council meeting must be observed," Morawiecki said.