Merkel to attend regional group V4's meeting - Polish PM

2019-02-05 16:48 update: 2019-02-10, 07:03
Photo PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Photo PAP/Radek Pietruszka
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend a summit of the Central European regional group V4 in Bratislava on Thursday, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday. The summit will be devoted to V4-Germany trade, Brexit and European issues.

The Visegrad Group, or V4, comprises the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

The Polish prime minister said that the European issues to be discussed at the meeting will include the upcoming elections to the European Parliament. In this context he said his party, Law and Justice, is a desired coalition partner for many European groupings.

The EU's next multi-annual budget will be another point on the agenda, PM Morawiecki said. "I want to assure you all that it's going to be a very good budget for Poland," he stressed.

Mateusz Morawiecki said that the "Visegrad Group is today a totally different institution compared to just a few years ago," stressing good communication between the four prime ministers. "This means that our strength has been multiplied. Through this we are showing that we can successfully deal with important and controversial issues," Morawiecki said, pointing to the problem of illegal migration.

"That's why very important global leaders want to meet with the Visegrad Group, including Chancellor Merkel and (Israeli) PM (Benjamin) Netanyahu," Morawiecki said.

In late January, Israel's Foreign Ministry announced that the Visegrad Group's prime ministers will come to Jerusalem on February 18-19 to hold the first V4 summit outside their respective countries. (PAP)

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