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Jun 03, 2020

V4 Prime Ministers prepare for next week's summit in the Czech Republic

PM Orbán held a video conference with his Czech, Polish and Slovak counterparts earlier this week, which was later joined by Charles Michel, the president of the European Council.

 

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held a video conference with his Czech, Polish and Slovak counterparts earlier this week, which was later joined by Charles Michel, the president of the European Council.

According to MTI, the V4 prime ministers focused on the ways of reviving Europe’s economy after the novel coronavirus pandemic and the European Commission’s new reconstruction plan announced last week.

The four prime ministers’ common goal is to make the commission’s draft fairer and more flexible. They agreed to continue their work towards achieving that goal at the Visegrad summit in the Czech Republic next week and to ask for further details on the form of a loan proposed by the EC.

During the talks with Michel, the prime ministers said they were ready for constructive cooperation with the EC regarding its reconstruction plan, which they would need to thoroughly study. The V4 premiers said they expected long and difficult negotiations on the matter, underlining, however, the importance of “quality work” instead of any haste.

Last week, PM Orbán said it was conceivable that any single country may not be able to make their repayments on the loan, increasing the burden on the rest.

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