PM to attend Visegrad 4 meeting to discuss top EU jobs

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will take part in a meeting of the Visegrad 4 member states’ prime ministers in Budapest on Thursday, to discuss candidates for the top EU jobs, the government’s spokesman Piotr Müller announced on Wednesday.

Earlier, a Czech daily Lidove Noviny reported that Czech PM Andrej Babis suggested a gathering of the prime ministers of the regional V4 group, which includes the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The conference was to be focused on setting out a joint strategy for the upcoming EU summit.

"The prime ministers would like to discuss joint candidates for top EU jobs. The talks are to focus on who should occupy the posts of the European Commission and European Council presidents. The V4 wants to go to next week's summit in Brussels with a shared stance," Lidove Noviny quoted its source as saying.

Currently, the Czech Republic holds the rotating presidency of the Visegrad Group.

The EU will choose its new leaders and commissioners following the recent elections to the European Parliament carried out across all EU member states. Their leaders will meet on June 20-21 to appoint new heads of the EU institutions.

Among the incumbent presidents of the main EU institutions, only Donald Tusk, the head of the European Council and a former Polish PM, comes from the ex-communist EU member states.