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Oct 19, 2017

PM Orbán joins leaders from the Visegrad Group of countries for a working dinner hosted by Jean-Claude Juncker

International media reports have touted the talks as a crucial meeting to “avoid an EU split”

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has joined leaders from the Visegrad Group of countries for a working dinner hosted by Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission.

The meeting was the first time Juncker had hosted leaders from Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at the Commission headquarters.

International media reports have touted the talks as a crucial meeting to “avoid an EU split”, according to the UK’s Daily Express.

During the dinner, the fivesome discussed migration, defense, the EU budget and the importance of the Schengen zone.

“I hosted a working dinner with the #V4 @EU_Commission,” Juncker tweeted after the meeting. “On the menu: consensus through #compromise and #cooperation. #unity #FutureOfEurope,” he added.

The Commission president invited V4 leaders for the working dinner earlier this month, stressing the “paramount importance” of “a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe”.

PM Orbán recently wrote a letter to Juncker saying that the commission president’s “interpretation of solidarity conforms neither to EU law nor the historical traditions of Hungary”.

The prime minister wrote that he was pleased that the commission president had recognized Hungary’s efforts to protect the European Union’s external border but work must still be done to solve the migrant crisis.