28. 12. 2018 15:07
The Slovak Presidency of the Visegrad Four (V4) group has only partially succeeded in improving the image of the institution, Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak told TASR in an interview. Slovakia is presiding over the V4 countries (V4: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Lajcak added that the V4's image has been damaged mainly due to its stance on migration. "Rejecting quotas has been a good stance, but it has been presented with a rhetoric that is viewed by European partners as unacceptable," said Lajcak. "We don't want our partners to look at us as an unidentifiable territory from where problems are coming. We want the (EU) processes that are being carried out against Poland and Hungary to be separated from the overall perception of the region," said Lajcak, adding that the Slovak Presidency wants to show that the V4 has its own experience and ideas that can be helpful. The EU has launched sanction procedures against Poland and Hungary for not observing the rule of law and democratic principles in the countries.