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Visegrad Countries’ House Speakers Hail Importance Of Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation

Tamás Székely 2016.12.05.

Parliamentary speakers of the Visegrad Four countries held talks in Przemysl, in Southeast Poland, over the weekend, to discuss ways to strengthen Central Europe’s position within the European Union.

At the two-day meeting of house speakers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, initiated by the current rotating V4 president Poland, participants agreed that inter-parliamentary cooperation has become increasingly important in the EU and that this kind of cooperation should be enhanced within EU decision-making, Hungary’s Parliamentary Speaker László Kövér said. Kövér said all Visegrad countries should encourage their governments to support inter-parliamentary ties and debates on how the future of the Central European region is envisaged in the European Union, Zoltán Szilágyi, press chief for the Hungarian Parliament, told MTI.

The EU’s future and strategies on how the EU can be strengthened, while still increasing the influence of parliaments of member states, were discussed at the meeting, Marek Kuchciński, Speaker of the Polish Sejm, told the press. V4 speakers agreed that the roles of national parliaments could be strengthened by “adding more structure to regulations and more clarity to codification,” Kuchciński said. As an example of lack of clarity he pointed to the notion of subsidiarity as cited by the Lisbon Treaty. Some participants to the meeting voiced an opinion that EU basic treaties should be amended. “There will be further talks on this subject,” he added. Concrete proposals to strengthen the role of the Visegrad cooperation were also discussed and “there are very good chances of these succeeding,” Kuchciński noted.

Last week the Hungarian Foreign Minister also held talks with his Visegrad counterparts in Warsaw. Visegrad Group cooperation should be intensified, Péter Szijjártó said after the talks, adding that Central Europe could become the engine of European economic growth. Read more about his visit here.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI