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  • 16 June 2016

    1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017

    The fifth Polish Presidency of the Visegrad (V4) Group begins in a particular moment. Over the last 25 years, the V4 countries developed a close cooperation based on common values and interests. The V4 has become a well-known brand - a symbol of a successful initiative for pursuing joint interests and a central element of cooperation in Central Europe.

     

    The year 2016, in which we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Visegrad Group, provides an excellent opportunity to summarize and analyze to-date achievements. At the same time, the anniversary invites an in-depth reflection on further directions of the Group’s development and its role in Europe. The 2016 NATO Summit hosted by Poland in July this year may be as well a suitable occasion for enhancing dialogue on security issues within the Group and uniting its voice at Alliance level both during the Summit and while preparing and implementing its main decisions afterwards.

     

    Priorities of the Polish Presidency include the following:

    1. STRONG VOICE OF THE V4 IN THE EUROPEAN UNION: coordination of the European agenda and cooperation on key challenges.
    2. CREATING SYNERGIES THROUGH EXTENDED DIALOGUE: developing regional cooperation on the basis of institutional and functional synergies.
    3. SECURITY AND STABILITY OF THE REGION: strengthening cooperation in the field of common security.
    4. V4 IDENTITY AND VISIBILITY: building unity on the basis of common heritage and values, social aspect of cooperation, as well as effective communication strategies.
    5. COHESION AND CONNECTIVITY: strengthening cohesion and developing cooperation of the V4 by improving transport connections.

     

    Key areas subject to the strengthened coordination will include the following:

    Migration Crisis

    The migration crisis will remain a strong focus for the V4 countries. The Polish Presidency will concentrate its activities on coordinating the position of the V4 at the EU forum that should enhance solutions to address the migration root causes with emphasis on the effective protection of EU external borders (incl. supporting third countries). A determined joint action is indispensable in order to strengthen, support and maintain the Schengen area as one of the foundations of the European integration project.

    Digital Agenda - Digital Single Market

    The development of the European economy based on modern digital technologies will be of particular importance. We will be supporting the enhancement of the competitiveness of those technologies globally by implementing the Digital Single Market Strategy (DSM). The V4 countries see great potential represented by the use of modern technologies in order boost economic growth and job creation. Key DSM initiatives should be implemented in a way that guarantees inclusive growth for the whole EU. If the benefits of DSM are spread as equally as possible to bridge the divide between economic core and peripheries, it will improve European competitiveness on a global scale.

    Climate and Energy Policy

    The Presidency will coordinate the V4 countries with regard to the EU debate on the Climate and Energy Policy Framework (implementation). An effort will be made in order to build broader support for the operationalization of the European Council conclusions on the climate and energy policy framework until 2030.

    Multiannual Financial Framework

    An important task will be to increase the influence of the V4 on the debate on the review of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, which will be a de facto introduction to negotiations on the EU’s budget after 2020. On the basis of measures undertaken by the Czech Presidency, the Polish Presidency will continue to strengthen the cohesion of the V4 in order to ensure the most favorable course of the debate at the EU level and to achieve the implementation of common priorities.

     

    Official site of the Visegrad (V4) Group: http://www.visegradgroup.eu and International Visegrad Fund: http://visegradfund.org

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