Hungary and the Czech Republic have initiated a V4 energy research platform.
Hungarian Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics and Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček agreed to establish a joint V4 platform for energy research so that the Visegrad countries can become the technology leaders in the energy sector.
According to Rmx.news, the pair agreed that there is a need to pursue common goals of the V4 countries in the EU more assertively. As part of the V4 Presidency, which Czechia took over on July 1st, a joint platform for energy research will be established so that the Visegrad Four region can be at the forefront of technology development in the energy sector.
At the time of the Czech Presidency, V4 countries want to focus on science, research, digitization and artificial intelligence. One of the Czech goals is to build a European Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Prague. It is to be connected to the European test centers and digital innovation hubs across the EU to attract investors to help develop start-ups and innovative businesses.
Furthermore, a special Czech-Hungarian Innovation Platform (CIP) will be established. This platform will provide V4 countries with the opportunity to work together on innovation and technological development, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.
As the Hungarian Ministry of Innovation and Technology also deals with the national economy and the environment, the discussion on nuclear energy was another part of the meeting.
According to László Palkovics, nuclear energy is very important in the context of climate-energy strategy. Therefore, Hungary, as it plans to use this source of energy in the future, supports the Czech Republic in its effort to become the nuclear energy leader.