17:57 Jul. 22, 2016
Leaders of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary agreed upon joint proposals on reforms
Prime-Ministers of Poland - Beata Szydlo, Czech Republic - Bohuslav Sobotka, Slovakia - Robert Fico, and Hungary - Viktor Orban discussed the list of possible amendments that will be presented at an informal summit of the European Union in September, Radio Poland reports. The group said it will work out the details of the proposals at a meeting in Poland in late August or early September.
Beata Szydlo, Polish PM, said the UK referendum on leaving the EU caused debates on strengthening EU institutions.
"It's also an opportunity for a change that will make the EU a strong, global partner and finally a union that respects the decisions of sovereign states and national parliaments", Beata Szydlo stated.
The parties have agreed to present suggestions on reforming the European Union before the informal EU summit in Slovakia's capital Bratislava, due to take place in September 2016.
The Visegrad Four is an alliance of four central European countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. They work together in many fields of common interest within the all-European integration framework. Official prime ministerial summits take place on an annual basis. Poland took over the rotating presidency of the Visegrad Group on July 1.