17. 03. 2017 14:25
The Visegrad Four (V4) countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - are close to each other, but they do not exploit their ties at international forums, said Slovak Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko in Rome on Thursday. He was speaking on the eve of an extraordinary conference of chairs of EU parliaments marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. "The fact that we share problems unites us and makes our talks all the easier," said Danko when asked whether the V4 parliamentary chairs will coordinate their stances at the conference. He singled out the V4's crying foul over differences in the quality of food sold across the EU as one such issue. Looking ahead to the conference, Danko said that he expects a debate on how to overcome problems that have begun to drive a wedge between countries. This includes views regarding the United Kingdom vis-à-vis the protection of European workers there and the issue of dispelling doubts concerning the EU's value. The conference is set to centre on the EU's future, work on the European summit due in Rome in late March, an assessment of the 60 years of the EU and the Rome Declaration.