"Europe faces important challenges that require smart, common-sense solutions. Today by adopting a single stance on this very important issue, namely migration, the Visegrad Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia - PAP) has shown that such solutions are possible", PM Szydlo told a press conference.
"Resolving the migration crisis can be achieved by effectively counteracting the true causes of migration, namely by ending the conflict in Syria, Iraq, by stabilising the situation in Libya and the Horn of Africa", she continued.
"We are ready for joint work on a proposal to establish a European coastal border guard formation", Szydlo also said, adding that the key to halting the migration pressure lay in working with third countries, including Turkey.
The Polish prime minister declared that the Visegrad Group would "strive to make sure our position is better understood in the EU".
"I want to clearly underline that the declaration adopted today contains the Visegrad Group's clear call and support for European solutions to the crisis", Szydlo added.
"We expect that at the March session of the European Council at the latest, decisions will be made enabling real control of the EU's external borders and the Community's effective actions to stem the flow of migrants", the PM said.
The declaration was adopted at an extraordinary summit of the regional group which marked the 25th anniversary of the V4. Referring to their project, the signatories said that over the past 25 years the Visegrad Group has fostered close and intensive cooperation based on shared values and interests.
By their membership of NATO and the EU, the V4 states have contributed to the economic and political integration of Europe and strengthened the stability and security of the continent, the declaration went on.
The V4 leaders also argued for EU enlargement as a way of increasing stability and prosperity and advocated for "unity in diversity" across Europe. (PAP)