A government official on Wednesday inaugurated a wall painting in downtown Budapest, marking the 30th anniversary of the Visegrad Group, and praised the group as Europe’s strongest political alliance, which is gaining economic weight, too.
The alliance comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia is “synonymous with common sense, cooperation and strength, and the restart after the pandemic” in Europe, Tamás Menczer, a state secretary of the foreign ministry, said.
“We want a Europe in which cooperation is based on mutual respect and strong nation states,” he said.
Jerzy Snopek, Poland’s Ambassador to Hungary, noted that the painting was being inaugurated on the last day of Poland holding the group’s rotating presidency. He said that Hungary, which will start its one-year presidency tomorrow, will hopefully be able to lead the V4 in a “better epidemiological situation”.
Péter Fekete, the state secretary in charge of culture, said the V4 will organise a joint conference on cultural innovations borne out of the pandemic during the Hungarian presidency, which will be followed by an exhibition in Strasbourg.
Joanna Urbanska, the director of the Polish Institute in Budapest, said the wall painting designed by Magda Miszczak is also being inaugurated in Bratislava, Prague and Warsaw.
The painting adorns a wall of 32 Klauzál Street, in the 7th district of Budapest.
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