Visegrad Group PMs meet to map out future

The Polish prime minister said the four Visegrad countries were a "driving force of economic development in the whole of Europe," but added that the pandemic had changed the "colourful hues" of the economy. Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

The heads of government of Visegrad Group (V4) countries met in Krakow, southern Poland, on Wednesday, to map out the future of the V4 and to discuss ways to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, addressing a press conference, said that much time was devoted to the Covid-19 pandemic. "We discussed how to strengthen the EU through quicker vaccination by working in solidarity towards vaccine production in the EU. Vaccinate here and now, and as soon as possible, in order to return to normal economic life," he said.

Morawiecki added that a real partnership could not exist without solidarity and a responsible approach to the most difficult issues. "Today, such problems are the epidemic and vaccines," he said. "The fight against the epidemic must be coupled with the defence of EU's common market and, at the same time, with thoughts towards the future of the economy."

The Polish prime minister said the four Visegrad countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) were a "driving force of economic development in the whole of Europe," but added that the pandemic had changed the "colourful hues" of the economy.

"We are facing a world full of challenges and a Europe full of challenges. But I am convinced that with a spirit of solidarity, and also courage, the courage to search for a new social contract, a new contract between the EU member states, we will be able to enter this new post-Covid-19 era with hope for a better future," said the Polish prime minister.

Apart from Morawiecki, the meeting was also attended by his Czech, Hungarian and Slovak counterparts Andrej Babis, Viktor Orban and Igor Matovic and, as a guest, President of the European Council Charles Michel.