Juncker informally meets V4 before EU Summit

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 20.10.2017 09:23

Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group informally met on Wednesday 18 October with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The meeting aimed to warm up relations with the Central European countries and show the Commission's interest in these countries' approaches.

The group focused on the problematic migration quotas, energy security and border controls in the Schengen area. Negotiations on these issues and particularly Brexit are now continuing at the EU summit currently in progress. Poland also reiterated their support for the Commission to negotiate for the EU with Russia the terms of Nord Stream 2 pipeline. According to the participants, the unity and greater understanding between the East and the West of the Union are essential, thus similar meetings will now take place more often. In particular, Poland and Hungary have disputes with the EU Commission due to migration and the rule of law. Last week, presidents of the V4 countries again backed the speeding up of the Western Balkan's integration into the EU at a meeting in Szekszard in Hungary, and, according to Czech President Milos Zeman, the Presidents also agreed that the spread of radical Islam is still problematical in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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