V4 expresses support to European Security Package in Tallinn

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 13.9.2017 06:15

At the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Tallinn from 7 to 8 September, representatives of the Visegrad Four (V4) discussed the implementation of the European Security Package, which, in practice, is a recommendation coming from the implementation of the European Global Strategy, which deepens the areas of security and defence, or more intensive efforts in the field of public diplomacy.

The informal talks are held twice a year as a forum for discussion about current foreign policy and security challenges of the EU Member States, with the first part of the so-called 'gymnich' dedicated to a joint debate of Defence and Foreign Ministers. The Czech Republic was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Ivo Šrámek, who expressed support for the strengthening of Permanent Structured Co-operation (PESCO). Similarly, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski also highlighted PESCO, as well as the European Defence Fund (EDF). Ivan Korčok, the state secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, added that PESCO is the ideal instrument for deepening European integration in defence issues, while also being the heart of European integration. On the other hand, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó pointed to the importance of cohesion in the V4, particularly in the area of migration. Other topics discussed included the escalation in North Korea and the situation in the Middle East.

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