Polish President Andrzej Duda, Hungarian Katalin Novák and Slovak President Zuzana Caputová are coming to Prague at the invitation of Czech President Petr Pavel. The meeting will take place in Prague Castle.
The V4 heads of state last met in Bratislava last October, during the Slovak presidency. The Czech Republic, which will hold the annual presidency of the group from the first of July this year, was then represented by Petr Pavel’s predecessor, Milos Zeman.
According to the press department of Hradzin on Monday, the heads of state will discuss the latest projects of the International Visegrad Fund and exchange opinions on international issues.
According to the presidential office in Prague, the Czech Republic considers the Visegrád Four to be a Central European platform suitable for fostering good neighborly relations. “Cooperation should be practical, serving the interests of the people of the four countries”; this is also indicated by the motto of the Czech presidency: “V4 for the citizens”, the CTK news agency quotes the announcement.
The International Visegrad Fund, which currently manages 10 million euros per year, supports a better mutual understanding of the populations of the four countries through cultural projects and scientific and educational cooperation. The International Visegrad Fund was established in 2000 by the four countries, and the amount required for its operation is shared in equal proportions.
According to the Czech presidential office, the Visegrad heads of state will discuss the programs affecting the Western Balkans and the countries of the Eastern Partnership, as well as the possibilities of contributing to the elimination of the consequences of the Russian attack on Ukraine. The topic of the meeting will also be ensuring the modern economic development of the V4 and the stability of the region, as well as cross-border cooperation. The heads of state will provide information on the results of the summit at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
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