Poland at the Helm

The Visegrad Group on the Eve of its Thirtieth Anniversary

8 July 2020

Kinga Brudzińska & Alisa Muzergues

The Polish presidency can and should use this opportunity to change the image of the V4 and overcome the rather negative perception of the region inside the EU.

On 1 July, Poland officially assumed the annual presidency in the Visegrad Group (V4) under the motto of “back on track”. Warsaw will try to use this presidency to coordinate V4 countries’ stances within the European Union (EU) at the times when the key decisions about the future of the European project will be made.

In particular, these decisions concern the post-COVID-19 recovery instrument (and common debt) and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027. Decisions and programmes of the presidency will be based on three main pillars: economy and connectivity, security and recovery, and society.

Besides the coordination of V4 stances within the EU, the other objectives set by Warsaw for the next year include infrastructure development, deepening cooperation in security areas, and in the international agenda (for example, supporting the Western Balkan countries EU aspirations, and safeguarding the Eastern Partnership).

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