Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said that the Tuesday meeting of the foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries shows that the Group is setting the tone for direct cooperation during recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
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.
President Andrzej Duda declared on Friday that Poland's presidency of the Visegrad group will be inspired by the motto 'Back on Track' and stated that it meant a return to a path of development, a return to contacts among people, and to economic cooperation.
Over the past years, Polish-Slovak trade went up by more than one-third, but this excellent growth has been halted by the coronavirus pandemic, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday, adding Poland and Slovakia had a plan to get back on the growth track.
Poland took over the annual rotating presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4) on July 1, the Foreign Ministry wrote in a Wednesday press release.
Poland will take over the presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4) from the Czech Republic on 1 July, Poland's representation to the EU in Brussels plans to mark the occasion by organising over 300 political, economic and cultural events within six months.
Poland could receive over PLN 700 billion (EUR 157.5 billion) from the EU's Economic Recovery Fund and the new EU budgetary perspective, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the polstanews.pl portal on Friday.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has expressed the conviction that planned additional EU funds may contribute to a visible economic growth by the end of this year.
The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, the four Visegrad Group (V4) member countries, have pledged EUR 3 mln to speed up the development of a vaccine and drugs to fight the coronavirus epidemic, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday.
During its annual presidency of the regional Visegrad Group (V4), Poland plans to foster the group's united policy towards the re-building of the EU economy after the coronavirus crisis, the Polish government commissioner for the V4 presidency told PAP.