Presidents Commemorate 30th Anniversary of the V4 in Poland

Presidents Commemorate 30th Anniversary of the V4 in Poland

15 February 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Visegrad Declaration. President Zuzana Čaputová commemorated the anniversary of the establishment of the V4 along with the presidents of Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary at the summit on the Hel Peninsula in Poland.

The first day’s discussions were dedicated to the accomplishments of the V4 countries over the thirty years of cooperation and post-pandemic recovery.  According to President Čaputová, the goals set by this group of neighbours three decades ago – to build democracy, to develop freedom and to bring the region back to a unified Europe – were accomplished and now we can start to pursue new common goals. “I informed my partners that it was strategically important for Slovakia to remain in the centre of European integration. For this reason, we are in favour of the idea of the V4 group continuing in a pro-European direction and thus remaining a unified and constructive voice. Naturally, we will advance together in the areas in which we agree, while also respecting our differences. We will speak as one when we are in accord, but individually when we differ. Today’s discussions also demonstrated that there is considerable space for deepening our cooperation. Let us broaden our regional cooperation and build human, economic and infrastructural bonds.

The president remarked that we share a rich history with the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, filled with both benefits and challenges. “I am pleased that the discussions also concerned cooperation in addressing today’s greatest challenge –handling the pandemic and getting back on track as fast as possible.