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Kover: V4 working to form common position on Europe’s future

The countries of the Visegrad Group are working towards forming a common position on the future of Europe, House Speaker Laszlo Kover said after a meeting with V4 counterparts from Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland on Friday.

The V4 countries aim to develop a position which people can identify with in Brussels and in every member state of the EU and which concerns not only interests but also values, he said.

The V4 would like to participate in the debates about the future of Europe as an equal partner and they want the opinions of national parliaments to be taken seriously, he added.

Kover called the past 10 years of the Visegrad cooperation a success story based on “the best intentions by all participants, seeking links rather than divisions”. He noted that the region’s countries shared not only a history in the past but interests in the present, adding that their infrastructure cooperation projects, such as building south-north transport and energy networks, were “filling hundred-year gaps”.

The meeting focused on efforts to protect central Europe’s heritage and issues around a central European identity. Speakers at the conference showed a “surprising and refreshing harmony”, Kover said.

The conference was attended by Boris Kollar of Slovakia, Radek Vondracek and Milos Vystrcil of the Czech Republic, as well as Elzbieta Witek and Tomasz Grodzki from Poland.

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