"Thank you for three decades of Visegrad cooperation. Today, the strength of the Visegrad Group is based on the synergy of community action, a stronger negotiating position in the EU, and the representation of our region's interests and strategic goals in the international arena," said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
"The fall of communism in Europe was a breakthrough moment for the release of the enormous potential dormant in the countries of Central Europe. It made it possible to shed the tight corset of restrictions and break free from Soviet influence. New perspectives and challenges opened up for the Central European countries. Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic’s long and difficult road to political sovereignty was a strong impulse to build stability and a sense of security on the basis of regional integration and the search for a place in the European family,” he said.
“Mutual support and cooperation was made easier in 1999 when Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic joined NATO structures, and Slovakia joined them shortly after. On the other hand, since 2004, all V4 countries are full EU Member States, having an active influence on the development of its policies and strengthening its economic competitiveness,” the Prime Minister noted.
We could be a bit weaker alone, but as a group we are a real force on the economic map of the world," he emphasised. The Prime Minister added that the Visegrad Group has evolved over the years. However, from the beginning, it has played a key role in bringing societies closer together, strengthening mutual understanding and awareness of the community of Europe’s fate. Since 2000, the Visegrad Fund has already funded over 2,400 scholarships for our students and enabled the implementation of nearly 6,000 projects in our four countries and countries of the Eastern Partnership.
Mateusz Morawiecki also pointed out that the current "unprecedented pandemic situation" in the world and in Europe has emphasised the importance of good-neighborly cooperation in overcoming crisis situations.
Mateusz Morawiecki stated that over the past 30 years the countries of the Visegrad Group have forgotten about their communist baggage, they have allowed themselves to be carried away by the political and economic transformation, which has shifted them onto the path of stable and safe development.
The Visegrad Group is an informal regional form of cooperation between Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary and is described as one of the fruits of the fall of communism and the transformation of the political system in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.