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Nov 27, 2018

Government Spokesperson: V4 could serve to strengthen rather than divide Europe

Zoltán Kovács said central European countries had developed a distinctive voice and the differences between central and western Europe could help strengthen the continent

Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács has highlighted how the Visegrád Group “has its own voice” on a variety of issues, including immigration, and this could serve to strengthen rather than to divide Europe.

While addressing a press event at the Hungarian embassy in Warsaw, the freshly appointed Secretary of State for International Communications said that over the course of their unique history, central European countries had developed a distinctive voice and the differences between central and western Europe could help strengthen the continent.

“Our perspective is just as relevant as anyone else’s, be that southern or northern Europe,” Kovács said. “We have capabilities that should be represented.”

When asked by MTI on what issues the V4 will be looking to speak as one in the run-up to next May’s European parliamentary elections, Kovács said that voters in all member states will most certainly be focusing on the issue of migration, adding that the V4 should consider how they can have their voices better heard in the EP.

Kovács also highlighted the region’s economic strength, saying that trade turnover between the V4 and Germany was 50 percent more than Germany’s trade volume with France.